Friday, December 26, 2008

Wall Street Stories - Edwin Lefevre

Wall Street Stories 1901 Edwin LefevreA little post-Christmas stocking stuffer for fans of Wall Street literature and stock market lore.

Here are the online book versions of Wall Street Stories, a collection of short stories written by Edwin Lefevre in 1901. Click the link and choose your preferred reading format: a scanned flip book copy, PDF, or text file ebook.

Edwin Lefevre was a writer and frequent chronicler of Wall Street, probably best known for his 1923 book, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (pdf), a thinly-veiled biographical account of the life of trader Jesse Livermore.

Before writing Reminiscences, Lefevre had previously authored numerous articles, stories, and books, with investment and finance being a key theme in his work. As the following editorial summary to McGraw Hill's recent reprint edition notes, Wall Street Stories is filled with classic vignettes and character studies of early 20th century Wall Street investors.

"The book that launched Edwin Lefèvre's literary career, Wall Street Stories is considered by many to be his most memorable work, second only to Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, his classic fictionalization of the life of Jesse Livermore.

Published to great critical acclaim in 1901, Wall Street Stories is a literary romp through the habits and customs of Wall Street. Like all of Lefèvre's fiction it is firmly rooted in the facts as he knew them both as a top financial journalist and a successful investor, and, as was his style, many of the fictional characters in the stories are thinly-veiled portraits of well-known Wall Street personalities such as James R. Keene, Elverton R. Chapman, Roswell Pettibone Flower, and Daniel Drew-names as familiar to the public in their day as Warren Buffet, George Soros, and Julian Robertson are today..."

There you have it. Enjoy Wall Street Stories and the classic stories contained within. If you'd like to read more of Edwin Lefevre's e-books, try the author search at the Internet Archive. 

You can also find more writings on his most famous subject, trader Jesse Livermore, in our post, "Jesse Livermore: How to Trade in Stocks" (1940 edition ebook).

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