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Chicago, a City On the Make

(1951)
A collection of poems by

 
Ernest Hemingway once said of Nelson Algren's writing that "you should not read it if you cannot take a punch." The prose poem, Chicago: City on the Make, filled with language that swings and jabs and stuns, lives up to those words. This 50th anniversary edition is newly annotated with explanations for everything from slang to Chicagoans, famous and obscure, to what the Black Sox scandal was and why it mattered. More accessible than ever, this is, as Studs Terkel says, "the best book about Chicago."

"Algren's Chicago, a kind of American annex to Dante's inferno, is a nether world peopled by rat--faced hustlers and money--loving demons who crawl in the writer's brilliant, sordid, uncompromising and twisted imagination. . . . [This book] searches a city's heart and mind rather than its avenues and public buildings."--New York Times Book Review

"This short, crisp, fighting creed is both a social document and a love poem, a script in which a lover explains his city's recurring ruthlessness and latent power; in which an artist recognizes that these are portents not of death, but of life."--New York Herald Tribune

 
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Hardback Editions

April 1999 : USA Turtleback
Title: Chicago City on the Make
Author(s): Nelson Algren
ISBN: 0-606-17022-7 / 978-0-606-17022-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Chicago: City on the Make: Sixtieth Anniversary Edition
Author(s): Nelson Algren
ISBN: 0-226-01386-3 / 978-0-226-01386-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
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September 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: Chicago: City on the Make: 50th Anniversary Edition, Newly Annotated
Author(s): Nelson Algren
ISBN: 0-226-01385-5 / 978-0-226-01385-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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August 1987 : USA Paperback
Title: Chicago: City on the Make (Illinois)
Author(s): Algren
ISBN: 0-226-01384-7 / 978-0-226-01384-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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1983 : USA Paperback
Title: Chicago, a city on the make (McGraw-Hill paperbacks)
Author(s): Nelson Algren
ISBN: 0-07-001012-9 / 978-0-07-001012-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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