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A Man Damned. Handsome, fiercely ambitious Pride Dawson came to New York in 1870 to battle his way up in the savage world of high finance. He thirsted for money, power, and all the elegant and willing, hot-blooded women they could buy. He hadn't reckoned on Sharon and Esther. Sharon was shy but sensual, everything Pride had ever desired in a woman, and he knew he'd never s ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 657 pages
Published January 28th 1983 by Thorndike Press
(first published 1949)
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Dec 10, 2011 Misfit rated it really liked it · review of another edition
New York, 1870. Pride Dawson and longtime friend and companion Tim McCarthy land in the big city with their grubstake ready to hit the big money like everyone else is - but then Pride manages to lose it all. Down on their luck, they meet seamstress Sharon O'Neal who gives them what little support she can provide (and it's not much). Pride loves Sharon about as much as his shallow soul is capable of love, and Sharon loves him back forever but love is not enough for Pride. He
connives gets himself
nO PROBLEM GIVING THIS 4 STARS, From start to finish. Yes it was a sentimental tear jerker, like a long soap opera but a very well written one, wonderful characters and accurate historical events tied into story line.. I am not sure of why Frank Yerbys books were not more popular at the time of their being published, same for Frank Norris, unless it was because of their socialist leanings.
I read this book as a teenager and I still remember it clearly mainly because I found the protaganist so fascinating as well as the character Lilith. To me it was a book about judgement and aspiration. He loved one woman, Sharon, and married another, Esther, because he believed she would bring him the social acceptance he craved. He created so much unhappiness not least his own.
c1949. Who would have believed that this was written way back in the day. I certainly was not aware of it when I read it. A more chilling tale of ambition and love than normal. And the ending.....! Some of the modern day bankers may like to take a look at this one. "“And none of them could know how many were the tears of shame, and how few the tears of grief.”
Born in Augusta, Georgia to Rufus Garvin Yerby, an African American, and Wilhelmina Smythe, who was caucasian. He graduated from Haines Normal Institute in Augusta and graduated from Paine College in 1937. Thereafter, Yerby enrolled in Fisk University where he received his Master's degree in 1938. In 1939, Yerby entered the University of Chicago to work toward his doctorate but later left the univ ...more