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About the Author

Studs Terkel was an actor, writer, and radio host. He was born Louis Terkel on May 16, 1912 in New York City. He took his name from the James T. Farrell novel, Studs Lonigan. Terkel attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a law degree in 1934. Terkel acted in local stage productions mostrar mais and on radio dramas until he began one of the first television programs, an unscripted show called Studs Place in the early 1950s. In 1952, Terkel began Studs Terkel's Almanac on radio station WFMT in Chicago. Terkel compiled a series of books based on oral histories that defined America in the 20th Century. Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do received a National Book Award nomination in 1975. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II won the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction in 1985. Working was turned into a hit musical in 1978. Terkel was named the Communicator of the Year by the University of Chicago in 1969. He also won a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism in 1980 and the National Book Foundation Medal for contributions to American letters in 1997. He died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Studs Terkel

Division Street: America (1967) 315 cópias
My American Century (1997) 283 cópias
Touch and Go: A Memoir (2007) 147 cópias
Chicago (1986) 115 cópias
Giants of Jazz (1956) 103 cópias
American Dreams [play] (1987) 9 cópias
Amerikanische Porträts (1987) 7 cópias
Guld på gaden (1981) 4 cópias
Americani (2008) 3 cópias
Arbetsplats USA. 1 (1976) 2 cópias
Arbetsplats USA. 2 (1976) 2 cópias
En by i Amerika 1 exemplar(es)
Radio De Accion (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Chicago 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) — Introdução, algumas edições34,426 cópias
Black Like Me (1960) — Prefácio — 4,308 cópias
The Penguin Book of War (1999) — Contribuinte — 452 cópias
Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (1999) — Prefácio, algumas edições303 cópias
Chicago: City on the Make (1951) — Introdução, algumas edições277 cópias
The Neon Wilderness (1947) — Posfácio, algumas edições262 cópias
Granta 84: Over There: How America Sees the World (2004) — Contribuinte — 229 cópias
Granta 90: Country Life (2005) — Contribuinte — 159 cópias
Baseball [1994 TV series] (1994) — Narrador — 95 cópias
Eight Men Out [1988 Film] (1988) — Actor — 67 cópias
Harvard Works Because We Do (2003) — Prefácio, algumas edições20 cópias
NYPD: Stories of Survival from the World's Toughest Beat (2002) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Tales of a Theatrical Guru (2006) — Prefácio — 4 cópias
Law & Disorder: The Chicago Convention and Its Aftermath (1968) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
The history of Chess jazz — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The Art of Life: An Anthology of Literature about Life and Work (1997) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


1930s (203) 20th century (499) America (259) American (479) American history (297) American literature (779) autobiography (156) biography (280) California (436) Chicago (229) classic (945) classics (940) depression (178) Dust Bowl (407) essays (202) family (177) fiction (3,141) Great Depression (852) historical fiction (401) history (1,205) interviews (262) labor (129) literature (690) memoir (331) non-fiction (1,490) novel (555) Oklahoma (231) oral history (565) own (173) poverty (250) Pulitzer Prize (227) race (230) racism (209) read (468) sociology (385) Steinbeck (139) to-read (1,991) unread (220) USA (449) WWII (432)

Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Terkel, Louis
Outros nomes
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
University of Chicago (PhB)
University of Chicago Law School (JD)
oral historian
radio host
television host
Federal Writers' Project
Works Progress Administration
National Book Award, Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (1997)
National Humanities Medal (1997)
George Polk Career Award ( 1999)
Great Lakes Book Award ( 1998)
Dayton Literary Peace Prize's Lifetime Achievement Award (2006)
American Academy of Arts and Letters ( 1997)
Pequena biografia
Studs Terkel was born in New York City to Russian Jewish immigrants. He moved with his parents to Chicago where his parents ran a boarding house. Though graduating from law school, Terkel chose not to practice law. He joined a theater group and did other work until he began writing. In the 1950's, he was blacklisted from television for refusing to sign a loyalty oath to CBS. He was married to social worker Ida Goldberg for 60 years before her death in 1999. Studs Terkel is survived by one son, Dan Terkel.



Great book. These stories are really humane and touching. People talk about their jobs with dignity (either existing or desired). You can not stop sympathizing with them.

But still these interviews are lopsided in a way. Nasty as it may sound I still want to hear from those, whom these workers despise or simply don't understand. It would be a revealing read too - to see the motives of a careerists, sweatshop foremen, managers in malls and cafeterias etc...

They may sound shallow and disgusting, but they still need to be heard. We need a broader picture.… (mais)
Den85 | outras 19 resenhas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Ignited an interest in oral history recording.
sfj2 | outras 12 resenhas | Dec 2, 2023 |
Nobody does oral History like Studs Terkel: 101 Americans speak about their imagines future
betty_s | outras 4 resenhas | Oct 7, 2023 |
In this book, Terkel relays oral histories of people who were exposed to the Depression including farmers, politicians, industrialists, African Americans, artists. You name it, it's in there. It is history through the eyes of the common and not-so-common man.

It strikes me that a book like this would be highly unlikely to be published today - - in the days where YouTube and blogging provide thousands of first person accounts of the world around us. Available in seconds.

I thought that this book would be truly fascinating, but because I didn't really know enough (or recollect enough history classes) about the Depression, I found myself constantly distracted by the many acronyms for government programs. Some of the folks really told about what life was like in and interesting way, but others reminded me of old, boring people who just were telling dull, tangential stories.

All in all, I think if the author had prefaced his chapter with some analysis of the group of people he was talking to and some historical facts, I would have loved the book. But the standalone oral histories didn't quite do it for me.

Nonetheless, I would read more Terkel, but if I selected one of his books that focused on a historical event, I'd read a background book first on the event so I was a little more educated before delving into the histories.
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Anita_Pomerantz | outras 12 resenhas | Mar 23, 2023 |



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