BEN HECHT'S CHICAGO LITERARY TIMES MODERN SARDONIC JOURNAL
by Hecht, Ben, and Maxwell Bodenheim [editors & contributors]
Chicago, 1924. Volume Two, Numbers 1 through 7 (II:2 is incorrectly denoted II:3, and is followed by the proper II:3). Seven issues. Illustrations. First five folio tabloid, numbers 6 & 7 large quarto tabloid. Printed self wrappers. Folio issues with horizontal fold, as issued. II:1 has split cleanly and completely along the spine fold and the first two leaves are substantially split along the horizontal fold, otherwise the remaining numbers in the lot are in very good to near fine condition, and are highly unusual thus. Edited by Ben Hecht and associate editor Maxwell Bodenheim, with both editors being the primary contributors of the text. Published semi-monthly beginning 1 March 1923, and concluding with the last number present here, CHICAGO LITERARY TIMES (as the issues in the first volume were titled) was in many ways Hecht's response to his dismissal by the CHICAGO DAILY NEWS and the rise of Chicago's prudishness in the face of the advance of modern letters. Hoffman, et al, are worth quoting at length: "...famous for its broad ironies and its parodies of the literary life of Chicago and New York. It is primarily a literary 'stunt,' immensely amusing, and has to be accepted as such. It is arranged in newspaper format, its shrieking headlines announcing 'events' improbable and ludicrous. Ben Hecht's 1001 AFTERNOONS IN CHICAGO appears in each issue, as does Bodenheim's 'authorized' but incredible autobiography. Ring Lardner and Samuel Putnam also contribute. The magazine is a thoroughly enjoyable bit of 'history' of Chicago's Bohemianism and how it grew." HOFFMAN, et al, p.268.
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