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Martin Dressler
STEVEN MILLHAUSER

Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser
132 reviews (1996) (304p)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner
National Book Award Finalist

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Book Description
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.


Amazon.com Review
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's 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."


Other Award Winning Books by Steven Millhauser
We Others: New and Selected Stories by Steven Millhauser
5 reviews (2011) (400p) (PF)
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Dangerous Laughter by Steven Millhauser
21 reviews (2008) (256p) (NYTimes) (ALA)
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The Barnum Museum: Stories by Steven Millhauser
10 reviews (1990) (237p) (PF)
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Steven Millhauser Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 5  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 4  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Martin Dressler ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 Martin Dressler ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 1 Martin Dressler ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 2 The Barnum Museum: Stories · We Others: New and Selected Stories ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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