An American Tragedy

Version: Unabridged
Author: Theodore Dreiser
Narrator: Dan Miller
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: July 2011
# of Units: 27 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream. Extraordinary in scope and power, vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste, unceasing in its rich compassion, An American Tragedy stands as Theodore Dreiser's supreme achievement.

First published in 1925 and based on an actual criminal case, An American Tragedy was the inspiration for the 1951 film A Place in the Sun, which won six Academy Awards and starred Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.

Reviews (2)


Written by Johanna T. on January 1st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

this was the most repetitive drawn out and boring read ever. A total waste of 30 hours. The plot so predictable it was a joke.


Written by Linda M. on December 14th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a very long book but it is worth it! The narrator, Dan Miller, deserves an award! His narrative is spot-on; when he reads the main character, it sounds like a different character from the other roles in the story, just amazing. I don't think that the "tragedy" is specifically "American"; it is about anyone who doesn't make the right decisions, and is led on by the idyllic dream of what can be theirs - "if only, if only...." A great book and glad that I did not miss it.

Author Details

Author Details

Dreiser, Theodore

Theodre Dreiser was born into a large and impoverished German American family in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1871. He began his writing career as a reporter, working for newspapers in Chicago. Pittsburg, and St. Louis, until an editor friend, Arthur Henry, suggested he write a novel. The result was Sister Carrie, based on the life of Dreiser's own sister Emma, who had run off to New York with a married man. Rejected by several publishers as "immoral," the book was finally accepted by Doubleday and Company, and published-over Frank Doubleday's strong objections-in 1900.
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