"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
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.