An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

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Clyde Griffiths is a young man with ambitions. He's in love with a rich girl, but it's a poor girl he has gotten pregnant, Roberta Alden, who works with him at his uncle's factory. One day he takes Roberta canoeing on a lake with the intention of killing her. From there his fate is sealed. But by then Dreiser has made plain that Clyde's fate was long before sealed by a brutal and cynical society. The usual criticism of Dreiser is that, line for line, he's the weakest of the great American novelists. And it's true that he takes a pipe fitter's approach to writing, joining workmanlike sentences one to the other. But by the end he will have built them into a powerful network, and something vital will be flowing through them.—R.L.

- Time

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  1. - 16th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  2. - 21st on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 68th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  4. - 88th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  5. - 96th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  6. - "Our Readable Century", The Best Books of the 20th Century (January Magazine)
  7. - Finest Works of Fiction (Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors)
  8. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
  9. - The Dream of the Great American Novel (Book)
  10. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (
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  12. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at
  13. - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)

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