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What state provides most of the setting for An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser?

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Posted September 17, 2007 at 9:15 PM via web

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What state provides most of the setting for An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 18, 2007 at 12:11 AM (Answer #1)

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The state of New York provides most of the setting for An American Tragedy. 

The novel is divided into three books.  The first book, which covers Clyde's early years, takes place in Kansas City, Missouri.  At the end of that book, the accident which changes the course of his life occurs, and Clyde flees to Chicago, Illinois, where he stays briefly and comes in contact with his uncle who has a large factory in Lycurgus, New York.  Clyde secures employment at that factory, and the second and third books are centered around events there. 

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