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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theodore Dreiser Narrator: Geoffrey Blaisdell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Trilogy of Desire Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455192113
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A master of literary naturalism, Dreiser is known for his great intensity and keen journalistic eye as he examines real-life subjects. This powerful novel explores the dynamics of the financial world during the Civil War and after the stock-market panic caused by the Great Chicago Fire.

The first in a “trilogy of desire,” The Financier tells the story of the ruthlessly dominating broker Frank Cowperwood as he climbs the ladder of success, his adoring mistress championing his every move. As he goes on to both win and lose a fortune or two, he steps on anything—and anyone—in his path. Based on the life of financier C. T. Yerkes, Dreiser’s cutting portrayal of the corrupt magnate Cowperwood illustrates the idea that wealth is often obtained by less than reputable means.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Crowded with exact observation…about the customs and class structure of American society in the phase of early finance capitalism.”

    Irving Howe, literary critic

  • “Dreiser…conveys in The Financier a sense of a city, Philadelphia, and of America itself coming of age.”

    Harold Bloom, literary critic and Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University

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About the Author
Author Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945), American novelist, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, and attended Indiana University. He began his writing career as a newspaperman, working in Chicago, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. His first novel, Sister Carrie (1900), was purchased by a publisher who thought it objectionable and made little effort to promote its sale. With the publication of The Financier in 1912, he was able to give up newspaper work and devote himself to writing. He became known as one of the principal exponents of American naturalism, and in 1944, he was awarded the Merit Medal for Fiction by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Geoffrey Blaisdell is a professional actor who has appeared on and off Broadway, in Broadway national tours, and in regional theater.