Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest by Liesl Olson

By Liesl Olson

A interesting historical past of Chicago’s leading edge and useful contributions to American literature and artwork from the overdue 19th to the mid-twentieth century

This amazing cultural background celebrates the good Midwestern urban of Chicago for its centrality to the modernist move. writer Liesl Olson lines Chicago’s cultural improvement from the 1893 World’s reasonable via mid-century, illuminating how Chicago writers revolutionized literary kinds in the course of the first half the 20th century, a interval of sweeping aesthetic differences around the globe. From Harriet Monroe, Carl Sandburg, and Ernest Hemingway to Richard Wright and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olson’s captivating research bridges the distance among unique and both very important Chicago-based creative “renaissance” moments: the basically white renaissance of the early children, and the artistic ferment of Bronzeville. tales of the well-known and iconoclastic are interwoven with bills of lesser-known but influential figures in Chicago, lots of whom have been girls. Olson argues for the significance of Chicago’s editors, book shop proprietors, tastemakers, and traditional voters who helped nurture Chicago’s special tradition of inventive experimentation.

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