Novels set in Chicago: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Being one of the great cities of the world, many novels have been set in Chicago. This is the fourth of a series looking at how the city has been portrayed/described in novels. A classic of muckraking journalism turned into fiction, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle led to a slew of public interest in food safety... Continue Reading →

Novels set in Chicago: Young Lonigan by James T. Farrell

Being one of the great cities of the world, many novels have been set in Chicago. This is the third of a series looking at how the city has been portrayed/described in novels. Published in 1932, Young Lonigan is the first book of a trilogy by James T. Farrell, charting the life of William "Studs"... Continue Reading →

The Chicago origins of The Little Review

Hi all! Seeing as how we're unable to visit bookstores, libraries, and the like, we thought we'd look at other aspects of Chicago literature, starting with The Little Review. Running from 1914 to 1929, Margaret Anderson began The Little Review from her house at 837 W. Ainslie Street in Uptown, with the magazine's offices at... Continue Reading →

Novels set in Chicago: Sister Carrie

Being one of the great cities of the world, many novels have been set in Chicago. This is the first of a series looking in how the city has been portrayed/described in novels. While it would be difficult to find anyone shocked by Theodore Dreiser's novel Sister Carrie nowadays, it almost never made it to... Continue Reading →

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