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Sister Carrie
"A Strangely Strong Novel
in a Queer Milieu"
Curated by Nancy M. Shawcross
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Pennsylvania

Theodore Dreiser
The Financier
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1912
In Dreiser's desire to write a novel about an American financier, the real-life career and personality of Charles T. Yerkes served as a rich model. A well-known figure in American life from the mid-1880s until his death in 1905, Yerkes rose to fame and fortune in Chicago with gas and traction interests. The details of his life (which received much press attention in the five or six years following his death) were the stuff of melodrama and included a prison term in Philadelphia, divorce, love affairs, immense expenditures on art, and so forth. Frank Algernon Cowperwood is Dreiser's imaginary Yerkes in a saga that Dreiser envisioned as a trilogy.

Theodore Dreiser ** Ex Libris
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