Newly-married, McTeague and Trina Sieppe appear to have a bright future, especially in light of Trina’s $5,000 lottery win. But when McTeague is barred from practicing dentistry, and Trina’s money-hoarding becomes pathological, the couple descends into poverty with stunning rapidity and far-reaching consequences.
Frank Norris’s 1899 novel explores the impact of jealousy and greed on an otherwise typical relationship. McTeague has been adapted twice for film, including the 1924 film Greed, directed by acclaimed auteur Erich von Stroheim.
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About the Author
Frank Norris was an American author who wrote primarily in the naturalist genre, focusing on the impact of corruption and turn-of-the-century capitalism on common people. Best known for his novel McTeague and for the first two parts of his unfinished The Epic of the Wheat trilogy—The Octopus: A Story of California and The Pit, Norris wrote prolifically during his lifetime. Following his education at the Académie Julian in Paris, University of California, Berkeley, and at Harvard University, Norris worked as a news correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, and covered the Spanish-American War in Cuba for McClure’s Magazine. Norris died suddenly in 1902 of peritonitis, leaving The Wolf: A Story of Empire, the final part of his Wheat trilogy, incomplete.