Tragic America

New York: Horace Liveright, (1931).

Price: $400.00

Hardcover. First edition, mixed state with "filched" in the first state, but others in later states. A few light penciled notes on the front fly from a critic (and easily erasable), else fine in a slightly spine-fading, near fine dustwrapper with a small chip at the crown, and along the rear flap fold. A nicer than usual copy. For those desperate for a new film source, this was the basis for a 1976 Czechoslovakian television series, "Americká tragédia" - don't even ask why we know this. A nicer than usual copy in an earlier state - reportedly only a half-dozen copies of the first state were bound.

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Tragic America. Theodore DREISER.

Theodore Dreiser
birth name: Theodore Dreiser
born: 8/27/1871
died: 12/28/1945
nationality: USA

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Novelist who was the outstanding American practitioner of naturalism. He led a national literary movement that replaced a Victorian sense of propriety with the unflinching presentation of real-life subject matter. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

Dreiser's first book Sister Carrie (1900) is a scarce first edition, particularly in fine condition. There was once talk of a copy known in dustjacket, but the source of the jacket was highly questionable, and if you are offered a jacketed copy of the first edition, little alarm bells should begin to sound in your fevered brain. One might exist, but we've never seen one that we trusted, nor has any bookseller that we trust. His other early books such as his second novel, Jennie Gerhardt (1911) or The Financier (1912) are very uncommon in jacket, but at least we know they had valid jackets. His two volume An American Tragedy (1925) comes in both a limited and signed issue, as well as a trade issue (which comes in dustjackets and a cardboard box). Both are desirable, but we kind of like the trade issue better because we have an addiction to dustjackets.

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