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The Financier (Paperback)

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    A defiant critique of American capitalism

    A MASTER OF GRITTY NATURALISM, Theodore Dreiser explores the corruption of the American dream in The Financier. Frank Cowperwood, a fiercely ambitious businessman, emerges as the very ......more

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A defiant critique of American capitalism

A MASTER OF GRITTY NATURALISM, Theodore Dreiser explores the corruption of the American dream in The Financier. Frank Cowperwood, a fiercely ambitious businessman, emerges as the very embodiment of greed as he relentlessly seeks satisfaction in wealth, women, and power. As Cowperwood deals and double-deals, betrays and is in turn betrayed, his rise and fall come to represent the American success story stripped down to brutal realities?a struggle for spoils without conscience or pity. Dreiser?s 1912 classic remains an unsparing social critique as well as a devastating character study of one of the most unforgettable American businessmen in twentieth-century literature.

Theodore Dreiser was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on August 27, 1871. After a poor and difficult childhood, Dreiser broke into newspaper work in Chicago in 1892. A successful career as a magazine writer in New York during the late 1890s was followed by his first novel, Sister Carrie (1900). When this work made little impact, Dreiser published no fiction until Jennie Gerhardt in 1911. There then followed a decade and a half of major work in a number of literary forms, which was capped in 1925 by An American Tragedy, a novel that brought him universal acclaim. Dreiser was increasingly preoccupied by philosophical and political issues during the last two decades of his life. He died in Los Angeles on December 28, 1945.

Larzer Ziff is a research professor of English at Johns Hopkins University who has written extensively on American literary culture.

Author:
Dreiser, Theodore
Series Title:
Penguin Classics
Genre:
FICTION / Classics
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
505
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Publish Date:
11/25/2008
Copyright Year:
2008
ISBN:
9780143105541
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
1.25 in
Unit weight:
0.75 lb
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