Chicago Literary Renaissance

Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition was a way for the city to show the world they had recovered from the Great Fire of 1871, the Chicago Literary Renaissance soon followed and showed they were intellectually ready. The literary movement included novelist and poets, (many who where journalist) and was characterized by plain language, every day life and the loss of small town values to materialism. The early part of the movement was highlight with the publication of Henry Blake Fuller's The Cliff-Dwellers (people living in Chicago's sky-scrapers) in 1893. The zenith (1912-1925) was marked by the establishment of literary magazines Poetry: A Magazine of Verse (1912, by Harriet Monroe, and Little Review (1914, by Margaret Anderson). Notable literary works include Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio (1919) and Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology (1915) (a selection of epitaphs from residents of a small town). - AsNotedIn


Chicago (poem) Poem
Sister Carrie Book
The Jungle Book
Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life Book


Carl Sandburg House


Last Name Name AsNotedIn
Sandburg: Carl Sandburg
Garland: Hamlin Garland
Anderson: Sherwood Anderson
Dreiser: Theodore Dreiser
Sinclair: Upton Sinclair

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