Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago

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'Mr. Hecht is attempting to do for Chicago something of what Dickens did for London; he stands appalled before the spectacle of the streets with their tumultuous, mysterious throngs.' --'New York Times'
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A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago (1922)

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Overview

'Mr. Hecht is attempting to do for Chicago something of what Dickens did for London; he stands appalled before the spectacle of the streets with their tumultuous, mysterious throngs.' --'New York Times'
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Chicago Tribune
The columns in 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago are scruffy time capsules of an earlier Chicago, an era that is long gone but still recognizable to readers' imaginations. Michigan Avenue, Lake Michigan, street names such as Dearborn and Adams and LaSalle and Wabansia, places such as the Art Institute of Chicago—they're all here, sprinkled amid Hecht's nervous little haikus of urban life. He calls Chicago ‘a razzle-dazzle of dreams, tragedies, fantasies,’ and his tales capture gorgeous scraps of it, vivid vignettes starring businessmen and hobos and cops and socialites and janitors. . . . Thanks to Hecht, the Chicago of 1922 and the Chicago of 2009 bump into each other, shake hands, exchange greetings. Then, this being Chicago, they go for a drink and talk about old times. New ones too.”

— Julia Keller

Los Angeles Times
Hecht's youthful journalism remains both movving and dazzling. He sided wi
— Richard Rayner
Chicago Tribune - Julia Keller

“The columns in 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago are scruffy time capsules of an earlier Chicago, an era that is long gone but still recognizable to readers' imaginations. Michigan Avenue, Lake Michigan, street names such as Dearborn and Adams and LaSalle and Wabansia, places such as the Art Institute of Chicago—they're all here, sprinkled amid Hecht's nervous little haikus of urban life. He calls Chicago ‘a razzle-dazzle of dreams, tragedies, fantasies,’ and his tales capture gorgeous scraps of it, vivid vignettes starring businessmen and hobos and cops and socialites and janitors. . . . Thanks to Hecht, the Chicago of 1922 and the Chicago of 2009 bump into each other, shake hands, exchange greetings. Then, this being Chicago, they go for a drink and talk about old times. New ones too.”

Los Angeles Times - Richard Rayner

"Hecht's youthful journalism remains both movving and dazzling. He sided with the scrappy underdog and was endlessly alert to the moods of the great city that was his subject. . . . Saul Bellow read this book while still in high school and would always remember it, maybe because Hecht's sketches, while sometimes gritty and violent in content, also present a quest for lyricism and hope."

Chicago Tribune

“The columns in 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago are scruffy time capsules of an earlier Chicago, an era that is long gone but still recognizable to readers' imaginations. Michigan Avenue, Lake Michigan, street names such as Dearborn and Adams and LaSalle and Wabansia, places such as the Art Institute of Chicago—they're all here, sprinkled amid Hecht's nervous little haikus of urban life. He calls Chicago ‘a razzle-dazzle of dreams, tragedies, fantasies,’ and his tales capture gorgeous scraps of it, vivid vignettes starring businessmen and hobos and cops and socialites and janitors. . . . Thanks to Hecht, the Chicago of 1922 and the Chicago of 2009 bump into each other, shake hands, exchange greetings. Then, this being Chicago, they go for a drink and talk about old times. New ones too.”—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

— Julia Keller

Los Angeles Times

"Hecht's youthful journalism remains both movving and dazzling. He sided with the scrappy underdog and was endlessly alert to the moods of the great city that was his subject. . . . Saul Bellow read this book while still in high school and would always remember it, maybe because Hecht's sketches, while sometimes gritty and violent in content, also present a quest for lyricism and hope."

— Richard Rayner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226322742
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,393,016
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Hecht (1894-1964) was a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Daily Journal and the Chicago Daily News as well as a playwright, novelist, short story writer, and scriptwriter.
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Table of Contents

A Self-Made Man An Iowa Humoresque An Old Audience Speaks Clocks and Owl Cars Confessions Coral, Amber and Jade Coeur De Lion and The Soup and Fish Dapper Pete and The Sucker Play Dead Warrior Don Quixote and His Last Windmill
"Fa'n Ta Mig!"
Fanny Fantastic Lollypops Fog Patterns Grass Figures Ill-Humoresque Jazz Band Impressions Letters Meditation in E Minor Michigan Avenue Mishkin's Minyon Mottka Mr. Winkelberg Mrs. Rodjezke's Last Job Mrs. Sardotopolis' Evening Off Night Diary Nirvana Notes For a Tragedy On A Day Like This Ornaments Pandora's Box Pitzela's Son Queen Bess' Feast Ripples Satraps At Play Schopenhauer's Son Sergt. Kuzick's Waterloo Sociable Gamblers Ten-Cent Wedding Rings The Auctioneer's Wife The Dagger Venus The Exile The Great Traveler The Indestructible Masterpiece The Lake The Little Fop The Man From Yesterday The Man Hunt The Man With a Question The Mother The Pig The Snob The Soul of Sing Lee The Sybarite The Tattooer The Thing In The Dark The Watch Fixer The Way Home Thumbnail Lotharios Thumbs Up and Down To Bert Williams Vagabondia Waterfront Fancies Where The "Blues" Sound World Conquerors

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