Dreiser’s An American Tragedy

I’ve been reading An American Tragedy (1925) for the first time. I’m enjoying descriptions of the woes of early 20th century American life:

The reasons why a girl of Roberta’s type should be seeking employment with Griffiths and Company at this time and in this capacity are of some point. For, somewhat after the fashion of Clyde in relation to his family and his life, she too considered her life a great disappointment. (250)

None the less she was shy, and hence recessive. (252)

People like money even more than they do looks. (331)



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