| Jun 15, 2008
The holy grail of the author's own collector's quest is the 1961 1s 3d Parliamentary Conference stamp, which he recalls as being "the most beautiful small object I had ever seen" as a boy. On this stamp, the head of the queen, which should by rights...
| Jun 22, 2008
Random House: 466 pp., $27
It's refreshing -- and almost quaint -- to see someone try to write a Great American Novel in the 21st century. These days, writers are more apt to pursue the Great American Screenplay...
| Jun 7, 2009
James Diener is almost certainly the only head of a music label whos readingfor pleasurethe worlds hundred best books. Right now, hes slogging through Theodore Dreisers Sister Carrie, a novel thats a century and a universe removed from his world....
| Nov 16, 2003
Until the rise of the suburbs after the Second World War, you could pretty much divide American authors of fiction into country writers and city writers. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner are in the former category; Henry...
| Jul 2, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Early Friday, my friend and colleague Mary Schmich posted to her Facebook page, âThis morning Mary Ellen Findlay Schmich left the world she loved so much.â Mrs. Schmich, 87, whose wit, warmth and passion were well known to Tribune readers......
| Mar 24, 2011
| 10:09 AM
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Elizabeth Taylor’s star blazed brightly in Danville during the summer of 1956, when she came to town with fellow stars Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint, Lee Marvin and Rod Taylor for the filming of the Civil War epic “Raintree...
| Oct 31, 2010
Will Orpet was guilty. That was clear to the newspapers as his trial began in the summer of 1916, and it appeared equally clear to the people of Lake County: It took 23 days and more than 1,200 interviews to find a dozen men who said they could view the...
| Jan 7, 2011
| 4:10 PM
One thing to know about our club: The Chapter 1 book club is celebrating its 25th year as a book-discussion group. Our club was started in 1985 by a group of moms who had young children in elementary school and wanted an intellectual diversion from...
| Sep 24, 2010
| 10:56 AM
The plains and prairies of Willa Cather's “My Antonia” and cities of Theodore Dreiser's “Sister Carrie” have come to define the Midwestern literary tradition, while “Little Egypt,” the triangular tip of southern...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 8:42 AM
Though a friend likened "Rich Boy" to "The Great Gatsby" in its depiction of a young man living under the illusion that money can buy happiness, for me it evoked "An American Tragedy," Theodore Dreiser's great dramatic novel about a young man's struggle...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 3:30 PM
Writer Theodore Dreiser lived in Glendale twice. During his first sojourn here, around 1920, he started on a book but became frustrated and departed for New York to do more research. The result, “An American Tragedy” was published to great...