An American Tragedy


Takes poor pregant girlfriend out on lake, drowns her. Wants new life with rich girl. Gets caught in the end. Fries.

– James Steerforth (© 2012)

The task at Trifecta was to tell one’s favorite book in 33 words. Of course, I was too late to participate once again. But I came up with this retelling of the Theodore Dreiser novel anyway, and managed in 21 words. It’s not my favorite book, but it’s left a lasting impression.

The photo is from Joseph von Sternberg’s 1931 film adaptation.

About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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1 Response to An American Tragedy

  1. suburbanlife says:

    You have successfully encapsulated the book. It was also not one of my favourites, but it has left an indelible impression on me nonetheless. G

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