The Great Chicago Fire

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University of Illinois Press, 1990 - History - 287 pages
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On October 8, 1871, four decades after its founding, Chicago's destiny was rewritten "with a pen of fire." In this imaginative and penetrating study, Ross Miller considers the mythic proportions of the Great Chicago Fire as the city reshaped its own tragedy into an archetype of the modern struggle against adversity.
Amid myriad eyewitness and photographic accounts of the fire, a consideration of what had actually happened was quickly subordinated to a developing narrative that attempted to resolve the city's conflicted identity into a unity. Disaster was recast as opportunity, and a period that began with catastrophic destruction ended in the triumph of the World's Columbian Exposition. Within a generation of the fire, Chicago became home to a radical new architecture, a daring new realistic fiction, literary journalism, and the new scientific study of society.
  

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Come for the info, stay for the abundance of pictures. A difficult read, but great for reference. Read full review

Contents

2Reluctant Modernism
38
3Derrick Time
63
The Fire as Image
106
The Shanty and the Skyscraper
136
6Wrights Piano
169
7Chicago Black and White
195
Notes
251
Photo Acknowledgments
273
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About the author (1990)

Ross Miller is a professor in the Department of English and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

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