The Financier

New York: A.L. Burt, (1912).

Price: $450.00

Hardcover. Early reprint edition. Neat owner name (dated in 1914), some foxing, mostly to the foredge, else near fine in very good or better dustwrapper with a modest stain on the front panel, some tiny tears, and age-toning, and with different jacket art from the publisher's original edition. The first volume in Dreiser's epic trilogy of big city American business and politics which follows the rise, fall, and rise again of the driven and unscrupulous broker Frank Algernon Cowperwood. A classic chronicle of American ambition for wealth, power, and social standing whose themes strongly anticipated Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner. Even this reprint is very scarce in dustwrapper.

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The Financier. Theodore DREISER.

Theodore Dreiser
birth name: Theodore Dreiser
born: 8/27/1871
died: 12/28/1945
nationality: USA

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Novelist who was the outstanding American practitioner of naturalism. He led a national literary movement that replaced a Victorian sense of propriety with the unflinching presentation of real-life subject matter. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

Dreiser's first book Sister Carrie (1900) is a scarce first edition, particularly in fine condition. There was once talk of a copy known in dustjacket, but the source of the jacket was highly questionable, and if you are offered a jacketed copy of the first edition, little alarm bells should begin to sound in your fevered brain. One might exist, but we've never seen one that we trusted, nor has any bookseller that we trust. His other early books such as his second novel, Jennie Gerhardt (1911) or The Financier (1912) are very uncommon in jacket, but at least we know they had valid jackets. His two volume An American Tragedy (1925) comes in both a limited and signed issue, as well as a trade issue (which comes in dustjackets and a cardboard box). Both are desirable, but we kind of like the trade issue better because we have an addiction to dustjackets.

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