american liter ary r ealism 46, 3 In praising An American Tragedy, Professor Sherman of the English Department at the University of Illinois was actually damning it, for he blamed Clyde's demise not on society but himself--the same way the movie versions misrepresented Dreiser's theme by focusing on Clyde's misdeeds alone. There were five stage and film adaptations of An American Tragedy, but possibly only Patrick Kearney's 1926 production accurately reflected Dreiser's sense of determinism in the book. Viewing one of the productions, he actually cried when Clyde is executed. The others, including George Stevens' A Place in the Sun (1951), saw the story through the same lens as Sherman. JEROME LOVING Texas A&M University Women Writers of the American West, 18331927. By Nina Baym. Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 2012. 384 pp. Cloth, $40.00; paper, $32.00 Nina Baym has once again, and much to our benefit, travelled into the realm of women writers and American literary history, but this time with a concentration on the West. Baym has recovered a plethora of well-known and less-known women writers by scouring footnotes, catalogues, cultural histories, and bibliographies to assess women's contribution to America's western scene, debunking a myth that
American Literary Realism – University of Illinois Press
Published: Mar 23, 2014
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