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A Thousand And One Afternoons In Chicago (Dodo Press)

A Thousand And One Afternoons In Chicago (Dodo Press)

by Ben Hecht
     
 

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A book which is based on the author, Ben Hecht's sensational column, A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago, which he wrote for the Chicago Daily News. Hecht was a prolific Hollywood screenwriter, even though he professed disdain for the motion picture industry. He was nominated six times for the Academy Award, winning twice, in 1929 and in 1936. Hecht eventually

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A book which is based on the author, Ben Hecht's sensational column, A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago, which he wrote for the Chicago Daily News. Hecht was a prolific Hollywood screenwriter, even though he professed disdain for the motion picture industry. He was nominated six times for the Academy Award, winning twice, in 1929 and in 1936. Hecht eventually moved to Hollywood, where he scripted Josef von Sternberg's gangster story Underworld in 1927, and won an Oscar for his work at the first Academy Awards presentation. His plays include Twentieth Century and The Front Page, both of which he wrote with frequent collaborator Charles MacArthur. The latter was filmed four times, most notably as Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday in 1940. Much of Hecht's later work was uncredited, as he worked as a "script doctor".

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781406544411
Publisher:
Dodo Press
Publication date:
07/20/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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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