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    Chicago: City on the Make: Sixtieth Anniversary Edition (Paperback) By (author) Nelson Algren, Introduction by Studs Terkel, Text by Bill Savage, Text by David Schmittgens

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    Description"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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    Chicago: City on the Make
    Sixtieth Anniversary Edition
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nelson Algren, Introduction by Studs Terkel, Text by Bill Savage, Text by David Schmittgens
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 135
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226013862
    ISBN 10: 0226013863

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01, 94
    Ingram Subject Code: HS
    B&T General Subject: 430
    Libri: I-HS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBN
    Ingram Theme: CULT/UPMIDW
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDWST
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: C5
    B&T Approval Code: A19242000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036090
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    B&T Approval Code: A16504440
    DC21: 977.311043
    DC22: 977.3/11
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    LC classification: F548.3 .A43 2011
    DC22: 977.311043
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    15 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Nelson Algren (1909-81) won the National Book Award in 1950 for "The Man with the Golden Arm." His works include "A Walk on the Wild Side," "The Neon Wilderness," and "Chicago: City on the Make," the last published by the University of Chicago Press. David Schmittgens teaches English at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Bill Savage is a senior lecturer at Northwestern University and coeditor of the fiftieth anniversary critical edition of "The Man with the Golden Arm."