Creative Chicago is an informal history of literary efforts in Chicago by one of the most distinguished publishers of the twentieth-century, Henry Regnery. Regnery charts the successes and failures of bringing culture to the "middle border," and in vivid prose paints a panorama of creative projects and fascinating personalities. His thoughtful insights into the careers of Chicago authors such as Hamlin Garland, Theodore Dreiser, and Henry Fuller; his brief histories of Chicago literary magazines such as The Dial, The Chap-Book, and Poetry: A Magazine of Verse; his presentation of the city's cultural achievements such as the Art Institute, the Chicago Symphony, and the University of Chicago, and his survey of diverse matters such as the architectural genius of Louis Sullivan, the meteoric career of Robert M. Hutchins, and the publication of the OZ books combine to entertain and instruct readers interested in great American literary centers.
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