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The Titan

Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)

1. 01 - The New City
2. 02 - A Reconnoiter
3. 03 - A Chicago Evening
4. 04 - Peter Laughlin & Co.
5. 05 - Concerning A Wife And Family
6. 06 - The New Queen of the Home
7. 07 - Chicago Gas
8. 08 - Now This is Fighting
9. 09 - In Search of Victory
10. 10 - A Test
11. 11 - The Fruits of Daring
12. 12 - A New Retainer
13. 13 - The Die is Cast
14. 14 - Undercurrents
15. 15 - A New Affection
16. 16 - A Fateful Interlude
17. 17 - An Overture to Conflict
18. 18 - The Clash
19. 19 - "Hell Hath No Fury..."
20. 20 - "Man and Superman"
21. 21 - A Matter of Tunnels
22. 22 - Street-raillways at Last
23. 23 - The Power of the Press
24. 24 - The Coming of Stephanie Platow
25. 25 - Airs from the Orient
26. 26 - Love and War
27. 27 - A Financier Bewitched
28. 28 - The Exposure of Stephanie
29. 29 - A Family Quarrel
30. 30 - Obstacles
31. 31 - Untoward Disclosures
32. 32 - A Supper Party
33. 33 - Mr. Lynde to the Rescue
34. 34 - Enter Hosmer Hand
35. 35 - A Political Agreement
36. 36 - An Election Draws Near
37. 37 - Aileen's Revenge
38. 38 - An Hour of Defeat
39. 39 - The New Administration
40. 40 - A Tip to Louisville
41. 41 - The Daughter of Mrs. Fleming
42. 42 - F. A. Cowperwood, Guardian
43. 43 - The Planet Mars
44. 44 - A Franchise Obtained
45. 45 - Changing Horizons
46. 46 - Depths and Heights
47. 47 - American Match
48. 48 - Panic
49. 49 - Mount Olympus
50. 50 - A New York Mansion
51. 51 - The Revival of Hattie Star
52. 52 - Behind the Arras
53. 53 - A Declaration of Love
54. 54 - Wanted--Fifty-year Franchises
55. 55 - Cowperwood and the Governor
56. 56 - The Ordeal of Bernice
57. 57 - Aileen's Last Card
58. 58 - A Marauder Upon the Commonwealth
59. 59 - Capital and Public Rights
60. 60 - The Net
61. 61 - The Cataclysm
62. 62 - The Recompense
63. 63 - In Retrospect

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Summary

Cowperwood moves to Chicago with his new wife Aileen. He decides to take over the street-railway system. He bankrupts several opponents with the help of John J. McKenty and other political allies. Meanwhile, Chicago society finds out about his past in Philadelphia and the couple are no longer invited to dinner parties; after a while, the press turns on him too. Cowperwood is unfaithful many times. Aileen finds out about a certain Rita and beats her up. She gives up on him and has an affair with Polk Lynde, a man of privilege; she eventually loses faith in him. Meanwhile, Cowperwood meets young Berenice Fleming; by the end of the novel, he tells her he loves her and she accepts to live with him. However, the ending is bittersweet as Cowperwood has not managed to obtain the fifty-year franchise for his railway schemes that he wanted. This is Book 2 of Trilogy Of Desire. (Introduction by Wikipedia)