Cover of: The Financier | Theodore Dreiser ; with an afterword by Larzer Ziff ; revised and updated bibliography


  • Afterword
    Larzer Ziff

About the Book

This new novel by Mr. Dreiser is a drama of the lust for wealth and almost, one might say - the lust for love. In the form of fiction the story shows a vivid panorama of American life in its more material aspects. It is a great book in its scope and power - broader and deeper than anything which Mr. Dreiser has done. It is more vital than "Sister Carrie," more vigorous than "Jennie Gerhardt."

In its highness, its insight into large phases of the evolution of American life, its portrayal of the fight for gold and power and the love of women, this novel is certain to be ranked as one of the great examples of modern fiction.
(book jacket)

About the Edition

America in its most gaudy, greedy, and ruthless era forms the setting of The Financier. Frank Cowperwood, the hero of this extraordinary novel, is more than a match for his times. As he deals and double-deals, betrays and is in turn betrayed, Cowperwood emerges as the very embodiment of animal egotism and appetite, hungering for a fulfillment he himself cannot name, relentlessly seeking it in wealth, in women, in power. His climb to success becomes the American success story stripped down to brutal realities - a struggle for spoils without conscience, pity, or even final purpose. A work of immense social documentation, shaped by intense human compassion, The Financier is a major achievement of a writer whom Alfred Kazin has termed "stronger than all the others of his time, and at the same time more poignant; greater than the world he has described, but as significant as the people in it." Her, Dreiser, as Professor Larzer Ziff of the University of California at Berkeley declares, "succeeded beyond any of his predecessors or successors in producing a great American business novel."
(back cover)

Edition Notes

Originally published 1912.

Includes bibliographical references.

Copyright Date


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PS3507.R55 F48 1995

The Physical Object

460 pages ;
Number of pages

ID Numbers

Open Library
Internet Archive
34180096, 1072341459
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