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Journalist, editor, and writer Harry Hansen (1884-1977) was a major force in the Chicago literary scene before he moved to New York in the mid-1920s. During World War I, Hansen was a war correspondent reporting from the front lines of Europe for the Chicago Daily News; he also covered the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 for the paper. In the years following the war, Hansen was the literary editor of the Chicago Daily News and then the New York World / New York World-Telegram, as well as a book reviewer for Harper's.
The dust jacket and author's inscription to Robert J. Casey in Harry Hansen's Midwest Portraits: A Book of Memories and Friendships (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1923)
In this volume, Hansen mixes criticism and anecdote to produce critical sketches of figures from the Chicago literary scene, including Carl Sandburg, Edgar Lee Masters, Sherwood Anderson, and Ben Hecht. This copy is inscribed by Hansen to Robert J. Casey (1890-1962), a reporter with whom Hansen had worked at the Chicago Daily News. The back of the dust jacket carries advertisements for works by two other writers who signed the bookshop door: Christopher Morley and Helen Louise Cohen.