Each psychograph exhibits two major characteristics: documentary sources rather than interior monologue supply the concrete details; selection and arrangement of these items alongside barbed narratorial remarks produce an effect that resonates with the irony of the biographical title. The financier was a plutocrat appropriate (at least in some degree) to each of Dos Passos's categories of portraiture. [...] intellectuals viewed Morgan as an aggressive accumulator of world art who lacked a connoisseur's taste.
Figuring the Financier: Dos Passos and Pierpontifex Maximus Michael Wainwright Papers on Language and Literature;
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