The second novel in the Trilogy of Desire from the author of The Financier and Sister Carrie.
In the Panic of 1873, Frank Cowperwood’s fortune was destroyed and his criminal activity on the stock exchange was exposed. Now, with his prison sentence complete, he is ready to begin the next chapter of his life. Following the same creed of selfishness that guided him to his first fortune, Cowperwood leaves Philadelphia for Chicago and gives up financial speculation to pursue a new frontier. Though he soon rediscovers wealth in stock investment, he remains hounded by scandal as he maneuvers to take control of the Chicago railway system. Through double-dealing, divorce, infidelity, and social disgrace, America’s most corrupt man continues his lifelong pursuit of self-satisfaction.
In the sequel to The Financier, Theodore Dreiser presents a man of indomitable force and pitiless ambition. Based on railway tycoon Charles Tyson Yerkes, Frank Cowperwood is widely considered one of the greatest characters of twentieth-century literature.
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About the author
Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) was an American novelist best known for his naturalistic novels. He wrote commercial hits such as The “Genius”, The Financer, and Sister Carrie, the latter of which was adapted into the Academy Award–nominated film Carrie. Besides writing seminal hits, Dreiser was a socialist and political activist who fought for victims of social justice. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930.
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