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 realitiesaa struggle for spoils without conscience or pity. Dreiseras 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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