Tragedy

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These genre pages have proved to be the most challenging of the resource pages because I have to make subjective choices as to what books fit into each category. So for each one, I have set myself guidelines, which not everyone may agree with.
For the Tragedy page, I have included the books whose main theme portrays human suffering in its many guises, such as poverty, war, abuse, oppression, illness and death, or just unhappiness, loneliness, depression, or lack of satisfaction in life. Many books include a range of emotions, but the ones included here are those in which tragedy is pervasive—either equal to or greater than the other emotional contents. Another guiding factor is the underlying root sentiment upon which the book is based. For instance The Way of All Flesh is filled with caustic humor and is included on the Humor page, but when Butler wrote it, it was an acerbic reaction to his abusive father and abusive Victorian child rearing standards in general. It is tragi-comedy, where both play an equal part. Many books from the Horror page, or the Paranormal page appear here, too, but many do not. The question is, Was the horror written for the sake of horror, or is there an underlying sentiment of human suffering? For this reason, The Island of Dr. Moreau is not included here— it is more of a Sci-Fi thriller, but Frankenstein IS here, because the human emotional issues play such an important role. You may not agree, and in the future I may not either, so of course I always have the option of revisions. But for now these are the books I have included. If you are looking for something in particular, check out all the Cross-Reference/Resource pages. Also, the books listed under Collections contain at least one tragic story.

Incidentally, Wikipedia has an extensive article on Tragedy, in the theatrical sense, and its history from its origin up through the ages. Hope you find this all helpful. Enjoy!

Fiction

Agnes Grey
Alexander's Bridge
Almayer's Folly
The Aspern Papers
At Fault
The Awakening
Bartleby and Benito Cereno
The Blithedale Romance
Billy Budd, Sailor
The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
Daisy Miller
Death in Venice
Demian
The Double
Fathers & Sons
The Forsyte Saga
The Gambler
The Good Soldier
The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams
Hadji Murád
The Haunted House
Heart of Darkness
The House Behind the Cedars
The House of Mirth
The House of the Seven Gables
Hunger
The Immoralist
Infants of the Spring
Jacob's Room
Jamaica Inn
A Journal of the Plague Year
Lady Susan
The Last Day of a Condemned Man
Lord Jim
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Marrow of Tradition
The Master of Ballantrae
Moby-Dick
The Money Changers
The Moon and Sixpence
The Mystery of Cloomber
Narcissus and Goldmund
Nordic Hero Tales from the Kalevala
Nostromo
The Old Maid
One of Ours
Poor Folk
The Possessed
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult
Rupert of Hentzau: From the Memoirs of Fritz Von Tarlenheim
The Secret Agent
Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite
The Sorrows of Young Werther
The Sport of the Gods
The Story of an African Farm
The Story of the Champions of the Round Table
Summer
A Tale of Two Cities
This Side of Paradise
The Tragedy of the Korosko
The Turn of the Screw
Under Western Eyes
Where Angels Fear to Tread
Winesburg, Ohio

Hope in the Prison of Despair

Plays

Beyond the Horizon
Cyrano de Bergerac
Dr. Faustus
Electra
Exiles
The Father
The Lower Depths
Miss Julie
No Exit and Three Other Plays: Dirty Hands, The Flies, The Respectful Prostitute The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea
The Recognition of Śakuntala
Salome
The Seven Against Thebes
Tamburlaine
Three Great Plays: The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie and The Hairy Ape

Pietà

Collections

The Beast in the Jungle and Other Stories
Bernice Bobs Her Hair and Other Stories
Chelkash and Other Stories
The Country of the Blind and Other Stories
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
Family Happiness and Other Stories
The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Short Stories
Lilacs and Other Stories
Mrs. Spring Fragrance: A Collection of Chinese-American Short Stories
The Necklace and Other Short Stories
An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories
The Oil Jar and Other Stories
The Overcoat and Other Short Stories
A Pair of Silk Stockings and Other Stories
Paul's Case and Other Stories
Rain and Other South Sea Stories
Short Stories (Louisa May Alcott)
Short Stories (Theodore Dreiser)
Some Chinese Ghosts
South Sea Tales
The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories
Three Tales
The Unknown Masterpiece and Other Stories
White Nights and Other Stories

Who Killed Cock Robin?

Poetry

The Aeneid
The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems
Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie

(Letters)
De Profundis

Prosaurolophus

Tragi-Comedy

Fiction

The Idiot
Notes From the Underground
The Old Curiosity Shop
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
The Suicide Club
The Three Impostors
The Way of All Flesh
What Maisie Knew

Plays

The Jew of Malta
The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea

Collections

Bernice Bobs Her Hair and Other Stories
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
The Oil Jar and Other Stories
South Sea Tales
Tales of Conjure and The Color Line: 10 Stories

View of the Ruins after the Great Fire in New York

Non-Fiction

Life on the Mississippi
Narratives of the Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex

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