McTeague : A Story of San Francisco

3.68 (5,199 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Edited by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 11 business days
When will my order arrive?


An early example of American realism, "McTeague" was considered truly shocking when first published at the turn of the century. This searing portrait of the downfall of a slow-witted dentist and his avaricious wife embodies Frank Norris' powerful insights into conflicting forces of heredity and social conditioning. It is a novel of compelling narrative force, resounding with a sense of life as epic. As Kevin Starr points out in his introduction, "McTeague" continues to be regarded as a central statement of evolutionary awareness in late nineteenth-century America and as representative of the best work of a school of writers that included Stephen Crane and Theodore Dreiser.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 132 x 196 x 23mm | 352g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0140187693
  • 9780140187694
  • 592,987

Review Text

"One of the great works of the modern American imagination."-Alfred Kazin
show more

Review quote

"One of the great works of the modern American imagination."--Alfred Kazin
show more

About Frank Norris

Alfred Kazin (1915-1998) was one of the most distinguished literary critics of the twentieth century. His numerous books include the highly acclaimed On Native Ground: An Interpretation of Modern American Prose Literature.
show more

Rating details

5,199 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,327)
4 35% (1,824)
3 25% (1,322)
2 10% (511)
1 4% (215)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X