Theodore Dreiser [´TIqdL ´draIzq], the great American progressive writer, was born in a poor family in 1871. He began to work for his living when he was sixteen. He had a number of jobs, and at one time was a newspaper reporter. As a reporter he gained a wide experience of life, which was a great help to him when he took up novel-writing.
Dreiser's literary career started in 1900 when “Sister Carrie” was published. In this novel and also in his later works, the writer exposed the true nature of American "democracy".
Dreiser was deeply impressed by the Great October Socialist Revolution. In 1927-28 he visited the Soviet Union and from that time on was a true friend to our country. In 1945, at the age of 74, he joined the Communist Party of the USA.
Dreiser died in 1945.
The passage below comes from “The Financier”. Frank Cowperwood [´kaVpqwud] at thirteen is shown as a boy who is already fully aware of the power of money. Later on he becomes a typical capitalist who stops at nothing to become rich and powerful.