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Adirondack Tragedy: The Gillette Murder Case of 1906
Relive the heart-wrenching story of one of the most famous crimes in New York's history; the murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette at Big Moose Lake. Made famous by a media frenzy fueled by the sensational newspaper reporting of 1906, this "crime of the century" seeped into the American culture. The story of Chester and Grace was the inspiration for Theodore Dreiser's ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published June 11th 2004 by Nicholas K. Burns Pub.
(first published 1986)
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I loved An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. It was my favorite book in high school (still have the copy I had then...makes it darn near an antique). That book was based on this murder case. I've enjoyed this book, but it seems like a very general overview...a glorified summary. There's no "in depth", not even speculation (since it happened so long ago and no one is left to remember). I did like the fact / fiction comparison. I would recommend it to someone who was curious about the events.
Oct 04, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
It's classic. An average girl (Grace Brown) from a worn out farm in central New York State goes to work in a factory in Cortland, NY to make extra money and begin a life of her own. She's smart and pretty. Along comes a guy (Chester Gillette) with a reputation with the girls (not a good reputation) and begins to woo her. His main purpose (allegedly) was to seduce the young woman. He succeeds to bed her and she gets pregnant. They go away on a vacation (she's hoping a surprise marriage will happe ...more
Oct 25, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: True crime fans and New Yorkers.
Recommended to Lisa by: Aunt Jean
This outstanding true-crime history is the basis of both "An American Tragedy" by Theodore Dreiser, and the excellent film "A Place in the Sun" starring Miss Elizabeth Taylor as one of the most radiant visions ever to grace a movie screen. Anyway, the story takes place in Upstate New York. Loosely related to the Gillettes (the rich razor-blade Gillettes), a social-climbing young man shacks up with the wrong girl and inconveniently knocks her up. She presses the issue, and, having another, richer ...more
Oct 26, 2009 Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoyed "An American Tragedy" or "A Place in the Sun."
The true story behind "An American Tragedy" and "A Place in the Sun." The humanity of the two main players - Grace Brown and Chester Gillette - is palpable. Such a sad, sad tale that is reenacted in some way every day.
The book "Adirondack Tragedy" by Joseph W. Brownell is a true story of a terrible tragedy. The book contains many letter that Chester Gillette and Grace Brown shared before her death. It also gives a great view of life in the early 1900s in upstate New York. The book also follows the story from start to end which is great because it does not leave you hanging. Overall this book was very insitful and i liked it alot.
It started out intriguing but then just got too detailed. I realize it's a historical account, but I just couldn't luster the will to dive into that much focus on family trees of people I will never meet. I found Grace just sad. Can't decide if it was in fact a murder or really a suicide. The overall story line didn't hold my interest. It just fell flat for me. Will always love the Adironacks though!