Title Profile & Character Information

Martin Dressler

Annotation
"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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
1996  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
1997  Pulitzer Prize

Characters
NameDressler, Martin
GenderMale
OccupationsEntrepreneur
 Architect
 Developer
TraitsGerman American
Ambitious

GenreHistorical
Sociological
Fiction
TopicsAmerican Dream
Architecture
Price of success
SettingNew York City