, an American novelist and journalist
The Financier (1912)
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Published in 1912, The Financier, a novel
by Theodore Dreiser, is the first volume of the Trilogy
of Desire, which includes The Titan (1914) and The Stoic
In Philadelphia, Frank Cowperwood, whose
father is a banker, makes his first money by buying cheap
soaps on the market and selling it back with profit to a
grocer. Later, he gets a job in Henry Waterman & Company,
and leaves it for Tighe & Company. He also marries an
affluent widow, in spite of his young age. Over the years,
he starts embezzling municipal funds. In 1871, the Great
Chicago Fire redounds to a stock market crash, prompting
him to be bankrupt and exposed. Although he attempts to
browbeat his way out of being sentenced to jail by intimidating
Mr Stener, politicians from the Republican Party use their
influence to use him as a scapegoat for their own corrupt
practices. Meanwhile, he has an affair with Aileen Butler,
a young girl, subsequent to losing faith in his wife. She
vows to wait for him after his jail sentence. Her father,
Mr Butler dies; she grows apart from her family. Frank divorces
his wife. Sometime after being released, he invests in stocks
subsequent to the Panic of 1873, and becomes a millionaire
again. He decides to move out of Philadelphia and start
a new life in the West.
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The Titan (1914)
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The Titan is a novel written by Theodore
Dreiser in 1914. It is Dreiser's sequel to The Financier.
Cowperwood moves to Chicago with his new
wife Aileen. He decides to take over the street-railway system.
He bankrupts several opponents with the help of John J. McKenty
and other political allies. Meanwhile, Chicago society finds
out about his past in Philadelphia and the couple are no longer
invited to dinner parties; after a while, the press turns
on him too. Cowperwood is unfaithful many times. Aileen finds
out about a certain Rita and beats her up. She gives up on
him and has an affair with Polk Lynde, a man of privilege;
she eventually loses faith in him. Meanwhile, Cowperwood meets
young Berenice Fleming; by the end of the novel, he tells
her he loves her and she accepts to live with him. However,
the ending is bittersweet as Cowperwood has not managed to
obtain the fifty-year franchise for his railway schemes that
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The Stoic (1947)
Stoic is a novel by Theodore Dreiser, first published in 1947. It
is the conclusion to A Trilogy of Desire, his series of novels about
Frank Cowperwood, a businessman based on the real-life streetcar
tycoon Charles Yerkes. Dreiser completed The Stoic only days before
his death in 1945 and the book was published posthumously.
Cowperwood, still married to his estranged wife Aileen, lives with
Berenice. He decides to move to London, England, where he intends
to take over and develop the underground railway system. Berenice
becomes close to Earl Stane, while he has an affair with Lorna Maris,
a relative of his. Meanwhile he tries to fix Aileen up with Tollifer,
but she becomes enraged when she finds out it was a ruse. Finally,
Cowperwood dies of Bright's disease. His inheritance is squandered
in lawsuits. Aileen dies shortly after. Berenice travels to India,
where she is moved by poverty. Back in the United States, she realises
there is poverty there too, and decides to set up a hospital for
the poor, as Cowperwood intended.
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