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Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

by Steven Millhauser

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.

Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


Book Club Notes
01 January, 1996

About Steven Millhauser

Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction, including Martin Dresslerwhich was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1997, and, most recently, We Others: New and Selected Stories, winner of The Story Prize and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His work has been translated into fifteen languages, and his story "Eisenheim the Illusionist" was the basis of the 2006 film The Illusionist. He teaches at Skidmore College.


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