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Many Chicagoans rose in protest over A. J. Lieblings tongue-in-cheek tour of their fair city in 1952. Liebling found much to admire in the Windy Citys people and culture—its colorful language, its political sophistication, its sense of its own history and specialness, but Liebling offended that citys image of itself when he discussed its entertainments, its built landscapes, and its mental isolation from the worlds affairs.

Liebling, a writer and editor for the New Yorker, lived in Chicago for nearly a year. While he found a home among its colorful inhabitants, he couldnt help comparing Chicago with some other cities he had seen and loved, notably Paris, London, and especially New York. His magazine columns brought down on him a storm of protests and denials from Chicagos defenders, and he gently and humorously answers their charges and acknowledges his errors in a foreword written especially for the book edition. Liebling describes the restaurants, saloons, and striptease joints; the newspapers, cocktail parties, and political wards; the university; and the defining event in Chicagos mythic past, the Saint Valentines Day Massacre. Illustrated by Steinberg, Chicago is a loving, if chiding, portrait of a great American metropolis.

About the Author

A. J. Liebling (1904-63) was a longtime contributor and columnist for the New Yorker. He wrote The Sweet Science and nineteen other books of nonfiction, including Mollie and Other War Pieces, also available in a Bison Books edition. Saul Steinberg was a cartoonist and illustrator best known for his covers and illustrations in the New Yorker.

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ISBN:
9780803280359
Author:
Steinberg, Saul
Publisher:
Bison Books
Illustrator:
Steinberg, Saul
Location:
Lincoln
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
13-5.
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus.
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.4 lb

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