An American Tragedy

by Theodore Dreiser

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Which state is the main setting for An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser?

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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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