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Book review: “Spoon River America: Edgar Lee Masters and the Myth of the American Small Town” by Jason Stacy

Book review: “Spoon River America: Edgar Lee Masters and the Myth of the American Small Town” by Jason Stacy

It’s ironic that Spoon River Anthology — perhaps the most famous book about an American small town and one that has helped shape the way Americans think about small towns and similar communities — was written by a Chicagoan, Edgar Lee Masters. And not just a Chicagoan, but the one-time law partner of that world-famous,

Book review: “Stonehenge” by Rosemary Hill
Book review: “Stonehenge” by Rosemary Hill

British cultural historian Rosemary Hill begins her 2008 book Stonehenge...

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Book review: “The Mugger” by Ed McBain
Book review: “The Mugger” by Ed McBain

Patrolman Bert Kling is 24 and newly back from serving in Korea where he’d...

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CHICAGO BORN & BRED
Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. He is a writer, essayist, poet and expert on the history of Chicago. He is the author of eight books and has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was an urban affairs reporter and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune, delving deeply into social issues, public policy questions and the interconnections within the Chicago region.

 

He was the primary reporter and team leader on a wide variety of in-depth multi-part series on such subjects as the urban underclass, Chicago’s public school system and the middle-class migration out of the city. He has written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books. His essays and poems have appeared widely in the United States and Europe. He is writing a book about Chicago’s elevated Loop.

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