Martin Dressler

Martin Dressler

The Tale of An American Dreamer

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store.  In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied  by two sisters--one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin's vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, a  sense of doom builds piece-by-hypnotic piece until this mesmerizing journey into the heart of an American dreamer reaches its bitter-sweet conclusion.

Baker & Taylor
A young entrepreneur in late-nineteenth-century New York City, Martin Dressler rises from helper in his father's cigar store as an elusive dream and his love for two sisters comes to life in the Grand Cosmo, an extravagant hotel.

Blackwell North Amer
Young Martin Dressler begins his career as a helper in his father's cigar store. In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top. His visions grow more and more fantastical as he plans his ultimate creation: the Grand Cosmo, in which he attempts to capture the entire world and its dreams. Accompanied on this journey by two sisters - one a dreamlike shadow, the other a wordly business partner - Martin walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry. The Grand Cosmo is his triumph and his undoing, the bold conclusion to this biography of the twentieth-century notion of progress, this mesmerizing journey to the heart of the American dream.

Baker
& Taylor

Portrays a businessman at the turn of the century, starting out as a clerk in his father's cigar store, and eventually becoming the proprietor of several hotels, looking at the lessons he learns on his rise to fortune, and after his collapse

Publisher: New York : Crown, c1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780517703199
051770319X
Characteristics: viii, 294 p. ; 22 cm

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anivison
Jan 15, 2012

A small book, with a big dreamer. Martin Dressler is an interesting character - ambitious. The author does a great job of putting you in New York - although it feels like the 1920s vs. late 1800s. Worth a read, and intriguing.

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Dec 05, 2007

Winner 1997 Pulitzer prize.

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