An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser, Reginald Marsh (illustrator) 1954 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - First Edition illustrated by Marsh, Number 764 of 1, 500 copies. A large and handsomely bound limited edition of Dreiser’s ‘supreme achievement’ and the inspiration for the Oscar winning 1951 film A Place in the Sun starring Elizabeth Taylor and the perfectly cast Montgomery Clift.

With an introduction by Harry Hansen and illustrated throughout with line drawings by Reginald Marsh.

“Based on newspaper accounts of a sensational murder case,
An American Tragedy is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American Dream. Extraordinary in scope and power, vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste, unceasing in its rich compassion, An American Tragedy stands as Theodore Dreiser's supreme achievement.”

This is the first edition to be illustrated by Reginald Marsh, and also his final work. Marsh died on 4 July 1954, just prior to it going to press.

‘No one else confronted so directly the sheer intractability of American social life and institutions, or dramatized with such solicitousness and compassion the difficulty of breaking free from social law’ –
The New Yorker [2003].
  ‘No one else confronted so directly the sheer intractability of American social life and institutions, or dramatized with such solicitousness and compassion the difficulty of breaking free from social law’ – The New Yorker [2003].

References: Penguin Random House. Richard Lingeman (introduction to a later edition).

Quarto (binding size 27.1X19.7cm), pp. [2] x [2] 556 [6].
  Elegantly bound in full green crushed morocco, spine ruled in blind and gilt, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Fine in fine binding.   Ref: 110131   Price: HK$ 4,500