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I wound up with this increasingly rare old hardcover, but for carrying around I found myself reading the first two books on Kindle and "The Stoic" in an old paperback. This is a fictionalized biography of Yerkes, who funded the telescope named for him, and built the transportation system of Chicago.

But in actuality the hero is Dreiser, fantasizing about himself as a man with a rare taste for beauty and great personal charm and power. In the trilogy, as in "The Genius" and in his more famous books, Dreiser's writing is rather plodding. Here, his detailed, heavily researched discussions of matters of finance can be heavy going. Just the same, the three books of the trilogy are full of interest and hold the reader.

Among their attractions, setting to one side the hero's various affairs with younger women, are their depiction of the America that was, and that was changing rapidly. Dreiser has a way of building his characters so that there are some moments in the books when you particularly feel his power.

When the wife Yerkes doesn't love dies, Yerkes cries, and I confess I cried too. Sheds light on the wild capitalist period of our history. I found the whole thing interesting, both from an historical perspective and the character development. Glad to be able to re-read these classics on my Kindle for iPad! He's buttah, and I mean that in a good way. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

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“The Stoic”, a literary analysis of Theodore Dreiser’s novel

There Dreiser described the last London period in the life of the outstanding American financier, millionaire, and developer of a public transport network in Chicago — Frank Algernon Cowperwood. As in life, in the novel less than one million dollars is left from the multimillion funds of Cowperwood. The London projects continue to grow rapidly without his participation. Berenice Fleming like Emilia Grigsby, being a delicate girl, who appreciates the beauty, starts looking for the meaning of life in the Indian philosophy. She remains alone forever and cherishes the memory of her extraordinary, energetic beloved.


Theodore Dreiser was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, the twelfth of 13 children. His childhood was spent in poverty, or near poverty, and his family moved often. In spite of the constant relocations, Dreiser managed to attend school, and, with the financial aid of a sympathetic high school teacher, he was able to attend Indiana University. However, the need for income forced him to leave college after one year and take a job as a reporter in Chicago. Over the next 10 years, Dreiser held a variety of newspaper jobs in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and finally New York.


Theodore Dreiser — was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, to working-class parents, including a German immigrant father. Dreiser also experienced his share of romantic complications, and his marriages to Sara Osborne White and Helen Richardson were characterized by sustained infidelity. Dreiser never finished high school and attended Indiana University for one year before embarking on a three-year stint as a journalist at a variety of newspapers, including the Chicago Globe , New York World , and St. Louis Globe-Democrat. During his early career, Dreiser also worked as an editor and freelance writer for national magazines. In , Dreiser began his first novel, Sister Carrie , with the encouragement of his wife, Sara Osborne White, and his novelist friend, Arthur Henry. The Doubleday Company published the novel reluctantly, upholding a verbal agreement to publish it but refusing adequately to promote or distribute the novel because of objections over its moral content.


By Theodore Dreiser. There were two most disturbing problems confronting Frank Cowperwood at the time of his Chicago defeat, when, so reducingly and after so long a struggle, he lost his fight for a fifty-year franchise renewal. First, there was his age. He was nearing sixty, and while seemingly as vigorous as ever, it would be no easy matter, he felt, with younger and equally resourceful financiers on the scene, to pile up the great fortune which assuredly would have been his if his franchise had been extended.

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