"A man, a real man, must never be an agent, a tool, or a gambler — acting for himself or for others — he must employ such. A real man — a financier — is never a tool. He used tools. He created. He led": First Edition of Theodore Dreiser's The Financier; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket

  • The Financier.

The Financier.


Item Number: 34078

New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1912.

First editions of the first novel of the author’s acclaimed Trilogy of Desire. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some unnecessary tape reinforcement to the verso with some bleedthrough. Rare in the original dust jacket.

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.

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