Traces the life of Chicago's controversial social reformer and describes his connections with Emma Goldman, Al Capone, Sherwood Anderson, and the Free Love movement
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"Any knowledge of Chicago's past is inadequate without the story of this Byronesque performer and his outrageous, and strangely visionary, colleagues. . . . [A] splendid biography." – Studs Terkel, Chicago Sun-Times "This spirited biography of a celebrated agitator, social reformer, and whorehouse physician keeps a neat balance between humor and seriousness--yes, and pathos." – Jack Conroy, Chicago Tribune "One of the most fascinating and least-known Americans of the [twentieth] century is profiled in this remarkable biography. . . . Bruns has fashioned a splendid book on an outstanding subject." – Publishers Weekly "Bruns captures the lives of Reitman and his unshaven associates with an infectious gusto and humor. . . . A joyous portrait of a man and his milieu, of interest to all armchair vagabonds." – Kirkus Reviews "[A] welcome introduction to a fascinating and little-known side of native radicalism and to an amusing, moving and uniquely American soul." – Patrick Clinton, New York Times Book ReviewFrom Library Journal:
Not even low-life Chicago of the 1920s and 1930s bred many characters to match Reitman, whose resume parallels this book's subtitle: birth control advocate and physician to the demimonde; champion of hoboes and himself occasional rider of the rails; anarchist fellow traveler and longtime lover of Emma Goldman; patron of scruffy literary salons and author of books published and unpublished. On the strength of his various milieus Reitman deserves a biography. This one, however has neither the style nor the flavor necessary to justify a book about a man whose achievements were modest. Primarily of local interest. Robert F. Nardini, M.L.S., Concord, N.H.
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Book Description University of Illinois Press, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0252009843
Book Description University of Illinois Press, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110252009843
Book Description University of Illinois Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0252009843 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0059571