Writers from Chicago – Sandra Cisneros

Growing up a fairly privileged kid in the Western Suburbs, it wasn't until my sophomore year of high school that it became very clear my experience was not the norm. In grade school my teachers were always talking about how bad off people had it in other countries (the common refrain was, "Eat your food,... 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 →

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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