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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810129094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810129092
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Durica is a writer and the founder of Pocket Guide to Hell Tours. 

Bill Savage is Distinguished Senior Lecturer in English at Northwestern Univer­sity. He coedited the 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm and the Newly Annotated Edition of Algren’s Chicago: City on the Make.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kathleen on September 10, 2013
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The first two-thirds of the book is the original 1890's (lightly edited) travel guide to Chicago just before the World's Columbian Fair. The focus on Chicago for "pleasure seekers" makes for some really hilarious descriptions of the adventures that young men with a little money could expect in Chicago, as well as the trouble they may get into. As a life-long Chicagoan working downtown, it was fun imagine the 1890's nightlife happening on the same streets I walk down every day. The final third of the book is page-by-page notes on the original guide, with answers to the questions that I had like "what happened to that building?", or "who is this guy, anyway?" and excellent explanations on some of the colloquialisms used. I loved it - I wish I had it when I read "Devil in the White City" a few years back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James R. Mcgovern on August 5, 2013
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Reproduction of a guide from 1893 with some great explanations from two very knowledgeable students of Chicago. A good companion to any other books on the subject.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lalich on June 12, 2013
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A century before visitors to a distant city could skim the crowdsourced reviews at TripAdvisor, enterprising publishers initiated pilgrims from the prairies to the delights and dangers of the big city. "Chicago By Day and Night" offers an insider's guide to Chicago for visitors to the World's Fair in 1893 - highlighting the attractions and distractions to be found in the real city in the gaslit shadows beyond the gleaming White City. While this book would be fascinating as a chronicle of Chicago's vanished restaurants, buildings, entertainments, saloons, swindlers, and predatory "adventuresses," it is enhanced immensely by Bill Savage and Paul Durica's witty and well-researched introduction and notes to the original text. "Chicago By Day and Night" can be read as literature, as history, or as a guide to the world depicted in "Devil in the White City" - but every reader is certain to learn something new about Chicago, whether you are a native or a naive "wayfarer" new to its streets.
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