Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser
The Tale of an American Dreamer

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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.


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About Steven Millhauser

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Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction, including Martin Dressler, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1997, and, most recently, Dangerous Laughter, a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He teaches at Skidmore College and lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
 
Published September 1, 2010 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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This strange story ends with Martin on the verge of ruin, having realized that ``he had dreamed the wrong dream, the dream that others didn't wish to enter,'' yet in no sense defeated, still enchanted, empowered- -and limited--by his dream.

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Literature's romance with the building-as-metaphor earns new energy through Millhauser's latest novel (after Little Kingdoms, 1993), which quietly chronicles the life of an entrepreneur whose career p

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Literature's romance with the building-as-metaphor earns new energy through Millhauser's latest novel (after Little Kingdoms, 1993), which quietly chronicles the life of an entrepreneur whose career peaks when he builds a fabulous hotel in turn-of-the-century Manhattan.

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The hero of this Pulitzer-winning novel, Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser, rises from bellboy to hotel entrepreneur before he is felled by dreams of greatness.

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Already John Updike has published In the Beauty of the Lilies, his great fin de siecle meditation on faith and disillusionment, and now we have Steven Millhauser's Martin Dressler, a quiet, chilly scrutiny of the energy and fevered imagination that both invented and subverted the modern age.

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