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Ben Hecht - A Thousand & One Afternoons in Chicago, Fantazius Mallare, Erik Dorn [Kindle Edition]

Ben Hecht
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Book Description

Illustrated. Linked Table of Contents.
Three full length novels in on edition formatted for the Kindle.

Editorial Reviews


“The columns in 1,001 Afternoons inChicago are scruffy time capsules of an earlier Chicago, an era that is long gone but still recognizable to readers' imaginations. Michigan Avenue, Lake Michigan, street names such as Dearborn and Adams and LaSalle and Wabansia, places such as the Art Institute of Chicago—they're all here, sprinkled amid Hecht's nervous little haikus of urban life. He calls Chicago ‘a razzle-dazzle of dreams, tragedies, fantasies,’ and his tales capture gorgeous scraps of it, vivid vignettes starring businessmen and hobos and cops and socialites and janitors. . . . Thanks to Hecht, the Chicago of 1922 and the Chicago of 2009 bump into each other, shake hands, exchange greetings. Then, this being Chicago, they go for a drink and talk about old times. New ones too.”

(Julia Keller Chicago Tribune 2009-07-12)

"Hecht's youthful journalism remains both movving and dazzling. He sided with the scrappy underdog and was endlessly alert to the moods of the great city that was his subject. . . . Saul Bellow read this book while still in high school and would always remember it, maybe because Hecht's sketches, while sometimes gritty and violent in content, also present a quest for lyricism and hope."
(Richard Rayner Los Angeles Times)

About the Author

Ben Hecht (February 28, 1894 - April 18, 1964), was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist. Called "the Shakespeare of Hollywood", he received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some 70 films and as a prolific storyteller, authored 35 books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays or plays in America. According to film historian Richard Corliss, he was "the" Hollywood screenwriter, someone who "personified Hollywood itself." The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters, calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures." He was the first screenwriter to receive an Academy Award for Original Screenplay, for the movie Underworld (1927). The number of screenplays he wrote or worked on that are now considered classics is, according to Chicago's Newberry Library, "astounding," and included films such as, Scarface (1932), The Front Page, Twentieth Century (1934), Barbary Coast (1935), Stagecoach, Some Like It Hot, Gone with the Wind, Gunga Din, Wuthering Heights, (all 1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), Monkey Business, A Farewell to Arms (1957), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), and Casino Royale (posthumously, in 1967). In 1940, a film he wrote, produced, and directed, Angels Over Broadway, was nominated for Best Screenplay. Six of his movies overall were nominated for Academy Awards, with two winning.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1189 KB
  • Print Length: 562 pages
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  • Publisher: Omnibus Select (February 14, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001T4YU1G
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5.0 out of 5 stars These Golden Era Chicago Short Stories are a Gem November 24, 2014
I discovered this book about five years ago when a friend suggested it to me based on my interest in Chicago history and especially the 1920's era. I found it to be a fascinating read. As other reviewers have pointed out some of the stories are dated but that's hardly a surprise, they're nearly a hundred years old after all.

The language is sharp, the stories are great and Hecht's observations about human nature still ring true today. Although he went on to become a very famous screenplay writer in Hollywood, which apparently he hated, I think he would have had a great career as a fiction writer.

There's also a radio play version of 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago on Amazon that I just ordered and have been listening to non stop. Can't get enough of it! The music is a fine compliment to Hecht's prose.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Printing too light June 27, 2010
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I bought this book in large print for my father in law who has macular degeneration and can only read large print books. He said he would love to read this book but can't because the print isn't dark enough,. It is more gray tham black.
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