Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis


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Yale University Press
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6.4 X 9.5 X 1.1 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Liesl Olson is director of Chicago studies at the Newberry Library. She is the author of Modernism and the Ordinary and many essays about twentieth-century writers and artists.


"Olson approaches the subject with academic rigor, she writes with force, as well as originality, crafting fictionalized vignettes of her subjects' experience of the city. A valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history."--Kirkus Reviews
"Vibrant, inclusive, deftly interpretative, and defining chronicle of the rise of modernism in this city of 'intense receptiveness' . . . .With knowledge, insight, and conviction, Olson explicates the unifying power of modernism that brought black and white writers and artists together while feeding the city's hunger for the revelations of story, poetry, and image."--Donna Seaman, Booklist
Chicago Renaissance was awarded the 2018 Pegasus Prize from the Poetry Foundation
"Wonderfully knowledgeable and just as wonderfully readable, Chicago Renaissance will be essential not just for anyone interested in the history of the city but for anyone interested in a brilliantly variegated history of its contribution to modernism."-- Walter Benn Michaels, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Liesl Olson has written the book Chicago has been waiting for--a rich, rigorous and definitive cultural history of its turn-of-the-century heyday that's as lively as the time."--Thomas Dyja, author of The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream
"This is modernism in all its technicolor glory, Chicago style: the literary ladies and the porkpackers, the Bronzeville poets and the scribbling ad-men. Dazzlingly learned, revelatory and a cracking great read."--Deborah Cohen, Northwestern University