By Liesl Olson
This notable cultural background celebrates the good Midwestern urban of Chicago for its centrality to the modernist circulate. writer Liesl Olson strains Chicago’s cultural improvement from the 1893 World’s reasonable via mid-century, illuminating how Chicago writers revolutionized literary types in the course of the first half the 20 th century, a interval of sweeping aesthetic changes around the globe. From Harriet Monroe, Carl Sandburg, and Ernest Hemingway to Richard Wright and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olson’s captivating learn bridges the space among distinctive and both very important Chicago-based inventive “renaissance” moments: the essentially white renaissance of the early adolescents, and the inventive ferment of Bronzeville. tales of the well-known and iconoclastic are interwoven with debts of lesser-known but influential figures in Chicago, lots of whom have been ladies. Olson argues for the significance of Chicago’s editors, book place proprietors, tastemakers, and traditional voters who helped nurture Chicago’s targeted tradition of inventive experimentation.
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Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis by Liesl Olson