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A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago
A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago by Ben Hecht 0226322742 9780226322742
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A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago by Ben Hecht

In 1921, Ben Hecht wrote a column for theChicago Daily Newsthat his editor called journalism extraordinary; journalism that invaded the realm of literature. Hechts collection of sixty-four of these pieces, illustrated with striking pen drawings by Herman Rosse, is a timeless caricature of urban American life in the jazz age. From the glittering opulence of Michigan Avenue to the darkest ruminations of an escaped convict, from captains of industry to immigrant day laborers, Hecht captures 1920s Chicago in all its furor, intensity, and absurdity. nbsp; The hardboiled audacity and wit that became Hechts signature as Hollywoods most celebrated screen-writer are conspicuous in these vignettes. Most of them are comic and sardonic, some strike muted tragic or somber atmospheric notes. . . . The best are timeless character sketches that have taken on an added interest as shards of social history.L. S. Klepp,Voice Literary Supplement nbsp; nbsp

Author: Ben Hecht

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 296

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2009-07-01

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ISBN: 0226322742

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