A Story of San Francisco
Frank Norris

Set in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1899, McTeague concerns a simple dentist, his miserly wife, and the deterioration of friendship! This is the only soap opera you need: backstabbing, recklessness, and a duel in Death Valley! This novel still packs a punch and gives a chill today.

– Recommended by Don, City Lights Books

The novelist Frank Norris is almost forgotten today, but in books like "McTeague," published in 1899, he paved the way for a whole generation of American writers--a generation that included Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis and, less directly, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. McTeague is a dentist saddled with a grasping wife, and the book chronicles his rise and fall in awkward but powerful prose. This type of social realism, so contrary to the uplifting entertainment of the day (and to Mark Twain's more fanciful, comic novels), provided turn-of-the-century America a disturbing mirror in which to view itself.

Title McTeague
Subtitle A Story of San Francisco
Author Frank Norris
Publisher Penguin Classics
Title First Published 01 August 1994
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 496 p.
ISBN-10 0140187693
ISBN-13 9780140187694
Publication Date 01 August 1994
Main content page count 496
Weight 16 oz.

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