The Middle West and the Chicago School

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Literature, literary criticism, Chicago School, Middle West


Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature


In that "stormy, husky, brawling City of the Big Shoulders" on the shores of Lake Michigan there was shortly after the turn of the century a sudden outpouring of deeply serious writers who in every sense belonged to and were products of the Middle West. Because there was a fundamental similarity in their approach and attitude, even though they worked individually, the writers responsible for this heyday of Chicago literary expression became known simply as the "Chicago school." Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsey, Sherwood Anderson, Theodore Dreiser, and Edgar Lee Masters formed the core of the school.

Throughout the works of the members of the Chicago school there is an extreme area-consciousness. It goes deeper than mere "local color." It is an expression of the belief that the areas which the members portrayed were vital influencing and shaping factors in the lives of their people.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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