The Financier: A Novel

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Harper & Brothers, 1912 - Capitalists and financiers - 779 pages
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The Financier, the first book in a trilogy by Theodore Dreiser, chronicles the life the Frank Cowperwood. The story is set in late 19th century Philadelphia. Cowperwood is a smart, ruthless ... Read full review

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An interesting trend in literary fiction is for some really good writers to base the plots of their novels on events surrounding crises or other calamities in the financial markets. From Tom Wolfe’s ... Read full review

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Page 242 - egoist and intellectual, though blended strongly therewith was a humane and democratic spirit. We think of egoism and intellectualism as closely confined to the arts. Finance is an art. And it presents the operations of the subtlest of the intellectuals and of the egoists. Your true prince is primarily a financier as well as a statesman.
Page 784 - in this connection, and which deserves much to be better known. It is a healthy creature, growing quite regularly to a weight of two hundred and fifty pounds, and living a comfortable, lengthy existence because of its very remarkable ability to adapt itself to conditions.
Page 250 - Perhaps the two go hand in hand. Before Christianity was man, and after it he will also be. A metaphysical idealism will always tell him that it is better to preserve a cleanly balance, and the storms of circumstance will teach him a noble stoicism. Beyond this there is nothing which can reasonably be imposed upon the conscience of man.
Page 254 - power to achieve? If not, it is surely high time that we knew it—one and all. We might then agree to do as we do; but there would be no silly illusion as to divine regulation. Vox populi, vox Dei.
Page 15 - he was tossed into, for he was already thinking of what he should be in this world, and how he should get along. From seeing his father count money, he was sure that he would like banking; and Third Street, where his father's office was, seemed to him the cleanest, brightest, most fascinating street in the world.
Page 409 - Let no one underestimate the need of pity. We live in a stony universe whose hard, brilliant forces rage fiercely. From the prowling hunger of the Hyrcan tiger to the concentric grip of Arcturus and Canopus there is
Page 85 - & Co., he sized up these men shrewdly, judging some to be weak, some foolish, some clever, some slow; but, in the main, all small-minded or deficient because they were agents, tools, or gamblers. A man, a real man, must never be an agent, a tool, or a gambler— acting for himself or for
Page 1 - omnibuses, and for longer travel, the slowly developing railroad system still largely connected with canals. Young Cowperwood's father was a bank clerk at his birth, and ten years later, when young Cowperwood was turning a very sensible, vigorous eye on the world, his father was still a clerk, although he was a much more trusted and desired one, and was so near a
Page 102 - Here men came down to the basic facts of life—the necessity of self care and protection. There was no talk, or very little there, of honor. There were rules of conduct which men observed because they
Page 103 - was the thing to do, and he genially ignored or secretly pitied those who believed otherwise. It is not possible to say how a boy of twenty-one should come by such subtle thoughts; but he had.

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