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Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

Author(s): Steven Millhauser

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction, Historical

Era(s): late 19th - early 20th centuries

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Martin Dressler is a turn-of-the-century New York City entrepreneur who begins in his father’s cigar store but dreams of a bigger empire. That dream shapes into a series of large hotels. At first, Dressler seems the archetypal American success story, but he does not quite grasp the future. The Manhattan of fabled skyline is about to take shape just over the horizon, but Dressler cannot see it. So the story becomes another kind of fable, as Dressler contemplates having “dreamed the wrong dream.”

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