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McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (Modern Library Classics)


Publisher:Modern Library



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An unflinchingly realistic portrayal of the moral descent of a San Francisco dentist, McTeague, first published in 1899, helped to propel American literature into the twentieth century. The novel glows in a light that makes it the first great tragic portrait in America of an acquisitive society, writes Alfred Kazin in the Introduction to this Modern Library Paperback Classic. McTeagues San Francisco is the underworld of that society, and the darkness of its tragedy, its pitilessness, its grotesque humor, is like the rumbling of hell. Nothing is more remarkable in the book than the detachment with which Norris saw ita tragedy almost literally classic in the Greek sense of the debasement of a powerful manand nothing gives it so much power.

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