A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago

Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht

Illustrated by Herman Rosse and with a new Introduction by William Savage
296 pages | b&w line drawings throughout | 6-5/8 x 9-3/4 | © 1922, 1927, 2009
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780226322742 Published July 2009
In 1921, Ben Hecht wrote a column for the Chicago Daily News that his editor called “journalism extraordinary; journalism that invaded the realm of literature.” Hecht’s collection of sixty-four of these pieces, illustrated with striking pen drawings by Herman Rosse, is a timeless caricature of urban American life in the jazz age, updated with a new Introduction for the twenty-first century. From the glittering opulence of Michigan Avenue to the darkest ruminations of an escaped convict, from captains of industry to immigrant day laborers, Hecht captures 1920s Chicago in all its furor, intensity, and absurdity.

 

“The hardboiled audacity and wit that became Hecht’s signature as Hollywood’s most celebrated screen-writer are conspicuous in these vignettes. Most of them are comic and sardonic, some strike muted tragic or somber atmospheric notes. . . . The best are timeless character sketches that have taken on an added interest as shards of social history.”—L. S. Klepp, Voice Literary Supplement

 

 

Contents
A Self-Made Man
An Iowa Humoresque
An Old Audience Speaks
Clocks and Owl Cars
Confessions
Coral, Amber and Jade
Coeur De Lion and The Soup and Fish
Dapper Pete and The Sucker Play
Dead Warrior
Don Quixote and His Last Windmill
"Fa'n Ta Mig!"
Fanny
Fantastic Lollypops
Fog Patterns
Grass Figures
Ill-Humoresque
Jazz Band Impressions
Letters
Meditation in E Minor
Michigan Avenue
Mishkin's Minyon
Mottka
Mr. Winkelberg
Mrs. Rodjezke's Last Job
Mrs. Sardotopolis' Evening Off
Night Diary
Nirvana
Notes For a Tragedy
On A Day Like This
Ornaments
Pandora's Box
Pitzela's Son
Queen Bess' Feast
Ripples
Satraps At Play
Schopenhauer's Son
Sergt. Kuzick's Waterloo
Sociable Gamblers
Ten-Cent Wedding Rings
The Auctioneer's Wife
The Dagger Venus
The Exile
The Great Traveler
The Indestructible Masterpiece
The Lake
The Little Fop
The Man From Yesterday
The Man Hunt
The Man With a Question
The Mother
The Pig
The Snob
The Soul of Sing Lee
The Sybarite
The Tattooer
The Thing In The Dark
The Watch Fixer
The Way Home
Thumbnail Lotharios
Thumbs Up and Down
To Bert Williams
Vagabondia
Waterfront Fancies
Where The "Blues" Sound
World Conquerors
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