The Rise & Fall of the Dil Pickle: Jazz-age Chicago's Wildest & Most Outrageously Creative Hobohemian Nightspot

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Franklin Rosemont
Charles H. Kerr Pub., Jan 1, 2004 - History - 186 pages
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What do Lucy Parsons, Clarence Darrow, Carl Sandburg, Mary MacLane, Lawrence Lipton, Elizabeth Davis (Queen of the Hoboes), Jun Fujita, Sherwood Anderson, Ralph Chaplin, Katherine Dunham, Djuna Barnes, Kenneth Rexroth, Sam Dolgoff, and Slim Brundage have in common? They were all Dil Picklers! Founded in 1914 by former Wobbly Jack Jones, Irish revolutionist Jim Larkin, and a group of fantastic IWW-oriented Bughouse Square hobos and soapboxers, the Dil Pickle in just a few years was widely recognized as the wildest, most playful, most creative, and most radical nightspot in the known universe - especially after Dr. Ben Reitman joined the club in 1917. In this book, Rosemont has collected forty-one reminiscences of the Dil Pickle by poets, artists, journalists, novelists, hobos, scholars, anarchist, wobblies, and other assorted radicals and oddballs. Among them are accounts by the club's founders, habitues, visitors, and critics. Rosemont's introduction provides the fullest account so far of the Dil Pickle's chaotic history, and goes on to explore the role of the Picklers in the arts and the 'Chicago Renaissance', along with its meaning(s) for our own troubled times.

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Review: The Rise and Fall of the Dil Pickle

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

Read this book for "Flux Americana: Tramps and Hobos in American Culture" class. This captures a really interesting part of Chicago history that is pretty much unknown by the average Chicagoan. Love the short stories from well known people during that time. Read full review

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User Review  - Oriana - Goodreads

Sounds totally weird and cool, and just one more of those things I had no idea I didn't know about. Also, primarily due to certain bookfriends, I have been rather curious and intrigued by Chicago lately.... Read full review



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Franklin Rosemont was born on October 2, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Henry, was a labor activist, and mother, Sally, a jazz musician. He edited and wrote an introduction for What is Surrealism?: Selected Writings of Andre Breton, and edited Rebel Worker, Arsenal/Surrealist Subversion, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE DIL PICKLE and Juice Is Stranger Than Friction: Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim. With Penelope Rosemont and Paul Garon he edited THE FORECAST IS HOT!. His work has been deeply concerned with both the history of surrealism (writing a forward for Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth) and of the radical labor movement in America, for instance, writing a biography of Joe Hill. He died on April 12, 2009, in Chicago.

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