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American Tragedy - DREISER Theodore - 1925. 
1925 - DREISER, Theodore. An American Tragedy. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. Two volumes. Octavo, original three-quarter beige cloth, uncut. $2500.Signed limited edition, number 731 of 795 copies signed by Dreiser.A novel of "extraordinary dignity and power" (New Yorker), Dreiser's American Tragedy is based on the murder case of Chester Gillette, "who in 1906 had killed his pregnant girl friend Grace Brown when the illicit relationship threatened his getting ahead socially and economically in his small town in upstate New York". Dreiser's final title emphasized his painstaking demonstration that the false values of American society were more responsible for the crime than the individual will" (DAB). "In 1930, the year D.H. Lawrence died, the seven judges sitting on the highest court of Massachusetts agreed to a man that Dreiser's 840-page novel An American Tragedy""his most popular book and the one many critics consider Dreiser's best""was 'obscene, indecent and manifestly tending to corrupt the morals of youth" (de Grazia, 98). Dreiser did not publish another novel for 20 years. This special signed limited edition was issued shortly after the first trade edition. Without original glassine, rarely found; without original slipcase. Banned Books 81. McDonald 18B. Orton 34. A fine signed copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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