Chicago : City on the Make (Paperback)

Author: Algren, Nelson

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on 9/22/2012

This book gives a nice insight into the history of Chicago. If you're like me and live near the city, or if you have an interest in it in general, I would definitely give this this book for a read. The city of Chicago has a darker past than one would think, give this book a shot and find out for yourself. Read More

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226013862
SKU 218170105
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226013863
Release Date 10/1/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.5T
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Nelson Algren
Nelson Algren was raised in the slums of Chicago, and this formative experience of poverty and hard-edged urban life was to figure prominently in his writing throughout his life. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1931. Algren worked at a variety of jobs after his graduation, including stints as a migratory worker in the South and Southwest, a writer for the W.P.A., and a public health official for the Chicago Board of Health. His first novel, "Somebody in Boots", was published in 1935. During the Second World War Algren served in the Army Medical Corps. After the war he made a living as a journalist and author, achieving fame with his realistic novel about drug addiction, "The Man With the Golden Arm". Algren was romantically involved with Simone de Beauvoir in the years following the war, a romance that was depicted in Beauvoir's novel "The Mandarins". During the 1950s, '60s and '70s, much of Algren's time was spent in reporting and writing essays. Despite the fact that he wrote relatively few novels and stories, Algren's influence on fiction was profound; he was a pioneer in the realistic depiction of urban slums and underworld characters.
Studs Terkel grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Law School. He aired a daily radio program on WFMT, Chicago, which was carried on stations throughout the country. His distinctive oral history approach to reporting on the lives of ordinary working Americans has earned him a reputation as an acclaimed journalist.
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Annotation Nelson Algren may have been born in Detroit, but he became a man on the delinquent streets of Chicago, which he later immortalized in novels such as THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM and NEVER COME MORNING and in this sprawling, sonorous prose poem, which was chastised by city supporters when it first appeared in 1951. Written somewhat in response to Carl Sandburg's more romanticized poetic portrait of Chicago, Algren's furious lyrical ode to his hometown excoriates and celebrates the grand dereliction and magnificent transgression which has come to define America's Second City, from the 1919 Black Sox scandal to the Prohibition-fueled excess of Al Capone's criminal empire.
Editors Note ?Once you?ve become a part of this particular patch, you?ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.?|Ernest Hemingway once said of Nelson Algren?s writing that ?you should not read it if you cannot take a punch.? The prose poem, Chicago: City on the Make, filled with language that swings and jabs and stuns, lives up to those words. In this sixtieth anniversary edition, Algren presents 120 years of Chicago history through the lens of its ?nobodies nobody knows?: the tramps, hustlers, aging bar fighters, freed death-row inmates, and anonymous working stiffs who prowl its streets.|Upon its original publication in 1951, Algren?s Chicago: City on the Make was scorned by the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and local journalists for its gritty portrayal of the city and its people, one that boldly defied City Hall?s business and tourism initiatives. Yet the book captures the essential dilemma of Chicago: the dynamic tension between the city?s breathtaking beauty and its utter brutality, its boundless human energy and its stifling greed and violence.|The sixtieth anniversary edition features historic Chicago photos and annotations on everything from defunct slang to Chicagoans, famous and obscure, to what the Black Sox scandal was and why it mattered. More accessible than ever, this is, as Studs Terkel says, ?the best book about Chicago.?
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0135
Publisher University of Chicago Press

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