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Midwest Portraits
Harry Hansen
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One-time "Chicago Daily News" reporter Harry Hansen wrote these biographical sketches of Midwest writers (all who had a connection at some point or another with the Daily News, so he knew them both professionally as well as personally) including Carl Sandburg, Sherwood Anderson, Robert Herrick, Edgar Lee Masters, Harriet Monroe, Lew Sarrett, Wallace Smith and Ben Hecht. Th ...more
357 pages
Published 1923 by Harcourt, Brace and Company
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Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: persons interested in early 20th-century Midwestern writers
Recommended to Mia by: A.J. Liebling (not personally, of course!) ;)
The greatest accomplishment of this book is that it filled me with a desire to learn more about the writers Hansen profiled. There is a great deal of humor, including "an anecdote that once when Ben [Hecht] was working at an out-of-town hanging and was sending his own frank story of the proceeding his editor wired him to tone down the gruesome details. Hecht's reply came at once: "Will try to make hanging as pleasant as possible." My biggest complaint about the book is the number of pages devote ...more
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Hansen was born in Davenport, Iowa, and attended high school in that same city.

After graduation, he joined the Davenport Republican newspaper, serving as both the telegraph editor and a staff writer. He attended the University of Chicago, majoring in English and acquiring his Ph.D in 1909.

After graduation, Hansen joined the Chicago Daily News as a staff reporter and upon the outbreak of the First

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