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Chicago City on the Make

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ISBN-10: 0226013855

ISBN-13: 9780226013855

Edition: 50th 2001 (Anniversary)

Authors: Nelson Algren, David Schmittgens, Bill Savage

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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. This 50th anniversary edition is newly annotated with explanations for everything from 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." "Algren's Chicago, a kind of American annex to Dante's inferno, is a nether world peopled by rat—faced hustlers and money—loving demons who crawl in the writer's brilliant, sordid,…    
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Edition: 50th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/25/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 135
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Nelson Algren was a writer, novelist, columnist, and educator. He was born Nelson Algren Abraham on March 28, 1909 in Detroit, Michigan. Algren graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism in 1931. After graduation, Algren worked as a door-to-door salesman and a migratory worker. He also worked for a venereal disease control unit of the Board of Health and with the WPA writers' project. Algren served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Later, he served as co-editor of the magazine The New Anvil. Algren taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and the University of Florida. He also wrote a regular column for the Chicago Free Press.…    

The hustlers
Are you a Christian?
The silver-colored yesterday
Love is for barflies
Bright faces of tomorrow
No more giants
Nobody knows where O'Connor went
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