Chicago by the Book

Chicago by the Book [Reading] ➼ Chicago by the Book ➲ Caxton Club – Tbjewellers.co.uk Despite its rough and tumble image, Chicago has long been identified as a city where books take center stage In fact, a volume by A J Liebling gave the Second City its nickname Upton Sinclair s The Ju Despite its rough and tumble image, Chicago has the Book Epub â long been identified as a city where books take center stage In Chicago by PDF or fact, a volume by A J Liebling gave the Second City its nickname Upton Sinclair s The Jungle arose from the by the Book PDF/EPUB ¿ midwestern capital s most infamous industry The great Chicago Fire led to the founding of the Chicago Public Library The city has fostered writers such as Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, and Gwendolyn Brooks Chicago s literary magazines The Little Review and Poetry introduced the world to Eliot, Hemingway, Joyce, and Pound The city s robust commercial printing industry supported a flourishing culture of the book With this beautifully produced collection, Chicago s rich literary tradition finally gets its due Chicago by the Book profiles landmark publications about Chicago from the past years that have helped define the city and its image Each title carefully selected by the Caxton Club, a venerable Chicago bibliophilic organization is the focus of an illustrated essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile Arranged chronologically to show the history of both the city and its books, the essays can be read in order from Mrs John H Kinzie s Narrative of the Massacre of Chicago to Sara Paretsky s crime novel Brush Back Or one can dip in and out, savoring reflections on the arts, sports, crime, race relations, urban planning, politics, and even Mrs O Leary s legendary cow The selections do not shy from the underside of the city, recognizing that its grit and graft have as much a place in the written imagination as soaring odes and boosterism As Neil Harris observes in his introduction, Even when Chicagoans celebrate their hearth and home, they do so while acknowledging deep seated flaws At the same time, this collection heartily reminds us all of what makes Chicago, as Norman Mailer called it, the great American city With essays from, among others, Ira Berkow, Thomas Dyja, Ann Durkin Keating, Alex Kotlowitz, Toni Preckwinkle, Frank Rich, Don Share, Carl Smith, Regina Taylor, Garry Wills, and William Julius Wilson and featuring works by Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Clarence Darrow, Erik Larson, David Mamet, Studs Terkel, Ida B Wells Barnett, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many.

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    Chicago by the Book PDF ´ the Book Epub â has fostered writers such as Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, and Gwendolyn Brooks Chicago s literary magazines The Little Review and Poetry introduced the world to Eliot, Hemingway, Joyce, and Pound The city s robust commercial printing industry supported a flourishing culture of the book With this beautifully produced collection, Chicago s rich literary tradition finally gets its due Chicago by the Book profiles landmark publications about Chicago from the past years that have helped define the city and its image Each title carefully selected by the Caxton Club, a venerable Chicago bibliophilic organization is the focus of an illustrated essay by a leading scholar, writer, or bibliophile Arranged chronologically to show the history of both the city and its books, the essays can be read in order from Mrs John H Kinzie s Narrative of the Massacre of Chicago to Sara Paretsky s crime novel Brush Back Or one can dip in and out, savoring reflections on the arts, sports, crime, race relations, urban planning, politics, and even Mrs O Leary s legendary cow The selections do not shy from the underside of the city, recognizing that its grit and graft have as much a place in the written imagination as soaring odes and boosterism As Neil Harris observes in his introduction, Even when Chicagoans celebrate their hearth and home, they do so while acknowledging deep seated flaws At the same time, this collection heartily reminds us all of what makes Chicago, as Norman Mailer called it, the great American city With essays from, among others, Ira Berkow, Thomas Dyja, Ann Durkin Keating, Alex Kotlowitz, Toni Preckwinkle, Frank Rich, Don Share, Carl Smith, Regina Taylor, Garry Wills, and William Julius Wilson and featuring works by Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Clarence Darrow, Erik Larson, David Mamet, Studs Terkel, Ida B Wells Barnett, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Chicago by the Book
  • Caxton Club
  • 26 July 2019
  • 9780226468501

12 thoughts on “Chicago by the Book

  1. says:

    Inspired by the A History of the World in 100 Objects series, editor Susan Rossen of The Caxton Club selected 101 Chicago focused texts that illuminate the diverse elements that have shaped Chicago s identity and reputation It includes numerous essays that address Chicago s contributions to art, architecture, and design , a history of Chicago through its books Each entry is introduced with an essay by a local expert Dominic Paycga on Upton Sinclair s The Jungle, Garry Wills on Studs Terkel s Division Street America, theatre critic Chris Jones on David Mamet s Sexual Perversity in Chicago This is a stunning and beautiful book, and the essays are first rate So it feels churlish yet necessary to point out how myopic the collection is concerning the true nature of the city Out of 101 entries, there are only 9 documenting African American life in Chicago, Of the 9, only 6 refer to writings by black authors Ida B Wells on racism at the Columbian Exposition, Native Son, Black Metropolis A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City, A Raisin in the Sun, A Street in Bronzeville, and Ebony magazine.This is than an oversight, it is a fatal misrepresentation of Chicago s history Reading it, you would think there was no black presence in Chicago before Ida B Wells in the 1890s, even though African Americans have been part of the city s fabric since the very beginning The first non Native resident was Haitian trader Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, so why not include his biography by legendary historian Margaret Burroughs, founder of the DuSable museum It is disappointing to see entries privileging the gaze of outside sociologists, yet so few raising voices from the black community We have The Negro in Chicago A Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot, from 1922 Black Metropolis A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City, from 1945 and There are No Children Here The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America from 1991, all of which emphasize poverty and pathology Where is Dempsey Travis masterful trilogy An Autobiography of Black Chicago, An Autobiography of Black Politics, and An Autobiography Of Black Jazz Where for that matter is Harold The People s Mayor, Travis biography of Harold Washington, Chicago s first black mayor and one of the city s most influential political figures These books describe the breadth of Chicago s black society entrepreneurs, teachers, professionals, musicians, politicians The Washington biography was drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with Washington s political associates, as seminal a work on Chicago politics as Mike Royko s Boss Richard J Daley of Chicago.Although the collection focuses on books, it includes a few periodicals, notably Playboy, Esquire and Ebony While I m relieved that Ebony made the cut, I m frankly shocked at the absolutely mind boggling omission of The Defender, the legendary black newspaper that has chronicled black life in Chicago since 1905.According to the The Encyclopedia of Chicago, The Defender remains most significant for the active part it played in the Great Migration Most southern migrants got their first glimpse of life in Chicago in the pages of The Defender, glimpses that made the city a striking symbol of the migration even for those moving elsewhere Setting departure dates and showing pictures of the best schools, parks, and houses in Chicago next to pictures of the worst conditions in the South, The Defender stirred migration fever across much of the South Southern cities banned the newspaper and exacted serious penalties on anyone found distributing or reading it The Defender constituted a revolutionary departure for black newspapers and set new standards for African American journalism For its part in encouraging the Great Migration, voicing the discontent of blacks, and revolutionizing black journalism, The Defender stands as one of the most powerful organs of social action in America Yet the Caxton Club didn t see fit to include it Apparently they needed space for Chicago, That Toddlin Town.The feeling I get from this collection is that its club members and fans almost all white and over 60, based on their website and the audience at the reading I attended prefer their version of a hardscrabble white ethnic Chicago, where non Europeans are distant and invisible the Chicago of Bellow, Royko, Algren, and the Daleys That is part of the story, but it has never been the whole story The black and Latinx south and west sides form a majority of the city as Natalie Moore, author of The South Side A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation another unjustly omitted work notes, if you don t know the south side, you don t know Chicago.Susan Rossen has spoken of producing a second edition if she does, let s hope she includes The Defender and Dempsey Travis, as well as key texts by Chicano writers like Ana Castillo, Jorge Prieto, and Hugo Mart nez Serros Sandra Cisneros The House on Mango Street is currently the only Latinx work included Let s hope the new edition becomes a true reflection of the city as it is and was, not a work of nostalgia for an all white Chicago that never existed Full disclosure I bought this at an event hosted by Bookends and Beginnings, a store owned by Nina Barrett who authored the Compulsion entry I also know Dominic Pacyga, author of the entry on The Jungle.

  2. says:

    No words This book is amazing A walk through Chicago history through its publications.

  3. says:

    A must read for anyone who enjoys Chicago history Some of the publications are familiar authors that include James T Farrell, Finley Peter Dunne, Saul Bellow, Nelson Algren, Sara Paretsky Works include Devil in the White City, Give the Lady What She Wants, Playboy Others are less well known the Master Plan of Chicago Orchard Airport the transportation commissioner s report that led to Orchard Field O Hare Juliet Kinzie s 1844 account of the Fort Dearborn massacre in 1815 Each of the 101 is described with a 200 word essay by scholars, bookmen, and other commenters.

  4. says:

    Did a flip through this book from the library It didn t seem comprehensive nor did the blurbs seem to explain impact on Chicago very well Could give some reading list adds, but I ve seen better books that expound on the city.

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