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McTeague (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)
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"One of the great works of the modern American imagination." -- Alfred Kazin. When a charlatan and his money-hungry wife win the lottery, their good fortune rapidly turns sour in this riveting tale of avarice, degeneration, and death. Based on a true incident that occurred in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century, this cult classic was among the earliest novels in American literature to present a compelling, realistic view of human nature at its most basic level.
About the Author
Like Zola and the European naturalists, Frank Norris (1870-1902) focused on writing realistic fictional explorations of the effects of heredity and environment. In the course of his tragically brief career, he came to view the novel as a mode of social betterment. Works such as McTeague, The Octopus, and The Pit offer authentic and highly readable portraits of California life at the turn of the 20th century.