The Pit: A Story Of Chicago



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Benjamin Franklin Norris, A Story Epub Ü Jr was an American novelist, during the Progressive Era, writing predominantly in The Pit: PDF/EPUB ² the naturalist genre His notable works include McTeague , The Octopus A California Story Pit: A Story Epub à , and The Pit Although he did not openly support socialism as a political system, his work nevertheless evinces a socialist mentality and influenced socialist progressive writers such as Upton Sinclair Like many of his contemporaries, he was profoundly influenced by the advent of Darwinism, and Thomas Henry Huxley s philosophical defense of it Norris was particularly influenced by an optimistic strand of Darwinist philosophy taught by Joseph LeConte, whom Norris studied under while at the University of California, Berkeley Through many of his novels, notably McTeague, runs a preoccupation with the notion of the civilized man overcoming the inner brute, his animalistic tendencies His peculiar, and often confused, brand of Social Darwinism also bears the influence of the early criminologist Cesare Lombroso and the French naturalist Emile Zola.

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  • Paperback
  • 244 pages
  • The Pit: A Story Of Chicago
  • Frank Norris
  • English
  • 19 August 2019
  • 0760773661

10 thoughts on “The Pit: A Story Of Chicago

  1. says:

    The Pit is the second novel in Frank Norris s Epic of the Wheat, an unfinished trilogy meant to portray the production, distribution, and consumption of a crop of American wheat Norris only lived long enough to complete the first two novels in the trilogy but those two novels represent an important contribution to the effort to create an indigenous American Literature with subject matter, themes, and symbols drawn from American life.The subtitle of this novel is A Story of Chicago and it is a The Pit is the second novel in Frank Norris s Epic of the Wheat, an unfinished trilogy meant to portray the production, distribution, and consumption of a crop of American wheat Norris only lived long enough to complete the first two novels in the trilogy but those two novels represent an important contribution to the effort to create an indigenous American Literature with subject matter, themes, and symbols drawn from American life.The subtitle of this novel is A Story of Chicago and it is at its finest in its depiction of that city around the time of the turn of the century Detailed descriptions of the downtown financial district, opera at the Auditorium Building, artists studios, Lincoln Park, the busy river, the grain elevators and the railyards all are worked into the story of Curtis Jadwin, a real estate mogul who corners wheat by essentially buying up almost an entire crop in the trading pit of the Board of Trade, driving the price of wheat ever higher The scenes of trading described in the novel, of brokers buying and selling futures contracts for bushels of wheat as a crowd looks on from the visitors gallery, are a truly vivid depiction of financial operations, something rarely portrayed in literature.Jadwin s story is one of building a great fortune almost overnight It s a kind of proto American Dream tale, but his obsession with speculation and finance lead him to neglect his wife Laura, the other main character in this story Her personality is split between her love for her husband and her natural sympathies toward aartistic and aesthetic sense of life which is brought out in her relationship with the artist Sheldon Corthell While her husband provides a cavernous home for her, complete with an art gallery and organ, there s something inside her that isn t satisfied and she s stifled and miserable in her gilded cage.But the most important character in the novel is wheat, the amber waves of grain that provide a livelihood to farmers and farming towns across so much of America and the crop that is the object of much of the trading in Chicago s Board of Trade Building, though it only appears there in the form of small pouches of sample wheat that are scattered to pigeons waiting nearby after it has been inspected for quality Norris spends pages characterizing the wheat as a natural force similar to a hurricane or earthquake that just is and cannot be resisted or avoided It s a tremendous allegorical symbol combining natural and man made elements And the theater in which all this wheat is bought and sold is the Board of Trade Building, black, monolithic, crouching on its foundations like a monstrous sphinx with blind eyes, silent, grave, a large temple devoted to trading the crop used by Norris to symbolize the unfeeling impersonal economic forces which were assuming ever greater power in American life at the time this novel was published.Ultimately the wheat carries on Beginning as a crop and the livelihood of farmers in The Octopus, here it is the object of speculation and finance by a businessman with the hubris to think that he could control it, if only briefly The final volume of Norris s trilogy was meant to show the consumption of American wheat in Europe and it would have bracketed Norris s project as a work on the subject of globalisation, the economic links that exist around the world connecting diverse populations in a worldwide system of capital explored via the wheat trade.At the conclusion both Jadwin and his wife Laura find redemption in loss and like many characters in American literature before and since they head west for a different life But this novel is a dynamic portrait of the Chicago they leave, a rising city growing out of its midwestern origins to assume worldwide importance, busy with trade and industry but also stopping to go to the opera and appreciate the fine arts And it s that fully realized setting which makes this great novel come to life as an exciting American story

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    This is the second book of a projected trilogy by Frank Norris From the front of the book The Trilogy of The Epic of the Wheat includes the following novels THE OCTOPUS, a Story of California.THE PIT, a Story of Chicago.THE WOLF, a Story of Europe.These novels, while forming a series, will be in no way connected with each other save only in their relation to 1 the production, 2 the distribution, 3 the consumption of American wheat When complete, they will form the story of a crop of whea This is the second book of a projected trilogy by Frank Norris From the front of the book The Trilogy of The Epic of the Wheat includes the following novels THE OCTOPUS, a Story of California.THE PIT, a Story of Chicago.THE WOLF, a Story of Europe.These novels, while forming a series, will be in no way connected with each other save only in their relation to 1 the production, 2 the distribution, 3 the consumption of American wheat When complete, they will form the story of a crop of wheat from the time of its sowing as seed in California to the time of its consumption as bread in a village of Western Europe.The first novel, The Octopus, deals with the war between the wheat grower and the Railroad Trust the second, The Pit, is the fictitious narrative of a deal in the Chicago wheat pit while the third, The Wolf, will probably have for its pivotal episode the relieving of a famine in an Old World community.Unfortunately, Norris died before he could write the third book of the trilogy I remember attempting to read The Octopus when I was in high school for an American lit class but I know I didn t get very far into it However, I did read Norris McTeague several years ago and thought it was one of the best novels of the time period around the turn of the 20th century It told the story of a couple s courtship and marriage, and their subsequent descent into poverty, violence and finally murder as the result of jealousy and greed.The Pit has some similar themes as McTeague including how greed can lead to self destruction and how it can ruin relationships It was published in 1903 and takes place in Chicago It centers on the life of Laura Dearborn and her eventual marriage to Curtis Jadwin who at first is a minor wheat speculator in the trading pits at the Chicago Board of Trade But Jadwin becomes obsessed with speculating on the price of wheat and eventually makes millions Laura is torn between three different suitors but marries Jadwin primarily for the security The novel delves into her motivations which don t seem to really include love The parts of the novel involving Laura and her love life were definitely dated and read like an early romance novel However, as the story developed, and focused on the speculation of buying and selling wheat, it became quite engrossing Toward the end of the novel there was a sequence in The Pit that was reminiscent of a prize boxing match with the Bears fighting the Bulls as the price of wheat rose and fell Of course, the novel did not end happily for the Jadwins.The novel was great in describing the Chicago of the time and the daily routine of the idle rich including attending the opera, reading the current novels, investing in art, etc It also taught a lot about how the commodities market work and how greed and gambling in the market can affect the fortunes of both farmers and small investors while also making the price of the commodity out of reach for the poor Overall I would recommend this one and now I need the read The Octopus

  3. says:

    This novel is open to charges of being melodramatic, sentimental, didactic, and patriarchal, but in spite of all that it s a fascinating, engrossing, diverting read Published in 1902, it is centered on the frenzied commodities market of Chicago, where men made giddy amounts of money or were smashed and ruined as they bought and sold wheat But the central character is not a trader but young Laura Dearborn, a woman of means, intelligence, and spirit, who is admired by three men and enjoys flirti This novel is open to charges of being melodramatic, sentimental, didactic, and patriarchal, but in spite of all that it s a fascinating, engrossing, diverting read Published in 1902, it is centered on the frenzied commodities market of Chicago, where men made giddy amounts of money or were smashed and ruined as they bought and sold wheat But the central character is not a trader but young Laura Dearborn, a woman of means, intelligence, and spirit, who is admired by three men and enjoys flirting with them all Who and how she chooses, and the impact on her marriage of Chicago bulls and bears, forms the stuff of the novel I confess I rooted for a different ending than the one furnished, but I also enjoyed every page

  4. says:

    Norris usual themes natural and social forces as fate romance love, art vs reality greed, business hope lies in surrender of self.

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    Beautiful and sensitive Laura Dearborn is being pursued by three men although I don t know why since she is a self absorbed and uninteresting First, is Sheldon Corthell an artist who is separated from the world of commerce and capitalism and therefore understand women s hearts and desires Second, is Landry Court a young businessman who is like a puppy in his adoration of Laura, but hardheaded and smart while involved in the wheat trade And third is Curtis Jadwin, a man s man who struggled Beautiful and sensitive Laura Dearborn is being pursued by three men although I don t know why since she is a self absorbed and uninteresting First, is Sheldon Corthell an artist who is separated from the world of commerce and capitalism and therefore understand women s hearts and desires Second, is Landry Court a young businessman who is like a puppy in his adoration of Laura, but hardheaded and smart while involved in the wheat trade And third is Curtis Jadwin, a man s man who struggled to become one of the most influential and powerful real estate businessmen in Chicago Despite not being sure she has the constitution to be happy in marriage, Laura eventually succumbs to Jadwin s persistent courting it is not at all romantic given that he pursues her the same way he must have pursued juicy real estate properties and agrees to marry him While their marriage is comfortable, despite what Laura sees as her husband lack of cultural understanding and feeling, his growing involvement in wheat speculation thrusts serious strife into their relationship As Laura beings to feelandabandoned by her husband, Sheldon Corthell reemerges in her life Meanwhile, her husband business ventures totter on the precipice of destruction.The first part of the book is a slog to get through, but things do start to pick up as Norris focuses on Jadwin s obsession with the wheat market.The ending of novel, however, is just about as unsatisfying as the rest of the story The Pit is an example of late 19th early 20th century realism writing, so it s not at all preachy But at the same, it s difficult to figure out if the author had any point at all he was trying to make

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    I was pumped to start reading this, having been blown away by The Octopus,that truly epic work.The Great American Novellist tacking turn of the century Chicago, that city burned in my mind with its vast south side slaughterhouse, capital of world commodity trading, railroad centre of the US, harshest winters, this was going to be America s Zola giving it to us straight to the guts.The central character is a staggeringly beautiful, privileged, Massachusetts debutante coming to the city followin I was pumped to start reading this, having been blown away by The Octopus,that truly epic work.The Great American Novellist tacking turn of the century Chicago, that city burned in my mind with its vast south side slaughterhouse, capital of world commodity trading, railroad centre of the US, harshest winters, this was going to be America s Zola giving it to us straight to the guts.The central character is a staggeringly beautiful, privileged, Massachusetts debutante coming to the city following death of the parents, and marrying the King Bull of the wheat speculators, a real estate magnate The central point of the novel seemed to be about the dangers of narcissism within a relationship.As narcissism leads to an overwhelming epidemic of relationship, personal, political dysfunctionality in our society today, this all read rather twee and sweet, a reminder of agenerous, mature age And the REAL story of speculation, a City on the make, the one we really wanted to read was just a rather weak backdrop, used for metaphor I smelt nothing of the streets in this one Financial ruin was shown to be old men hanging about in rags, reading old papers in the offices, not the reality of starving, desparate people suffering abuse on the streets, as we got in The Octopus It was not Zolaesque, this was poor man s Henry James

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    Please see my detailed review atGraceann s The Pit Review Frank Norris is such a compelling writer This book was released in 1902, yet a remarkably small amount of the language is dated, and the message is as timely as ever The crux of the story is on speculation in the wheat market in Chicago, but wheat could really be any commodity Anyone who tried to make it big in the recent housing boom gone bust will recognize a lot of attitudes here I would love to know what Mr Norris would Please see my detailed review atGraceann s The Pit Review Frank Norris is such a compelling writer This book was released in 1902, yet a remarkably small amount of the language is dated, and the message is as timely as ever The crux of the story is on speculation in the wheat market in Chicago, but wheat could really be any commodity Anyone who tried to make it big in the recent housing boom gone bust will recognize a lot of attitudes here I would love to know what Mr Norris would have made of current trends in greed

  8. says:

    This book was so compelling that I couldn t put it down, yet it frustrated me to death at the same time I was so frustrated with Laura, yet I simply had to know what happened Who was she going to pick Corthell, Landry or Jadwin Why was Jadwin spending so much time in the pit

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    I had never heard of Frank Norris I suppose he s one of those authors consigned to the realms of scholarship and not much read outside of it, like a lot of advocacy fiction Having served their turn as muckraking testimony during the Progressive Era, Norris s novels, The Pit, and its predecessor, The Octopus, fell into obscurity although the game, Pit, is based on the novel Norris originally planned an epic trilogy about wheat The Octopus set in California about the production of wheat The I had never heard of Frank Norris I suppose he s one of those authors consigned to the realms of scholarship and not much read outside of it, like a lot of advocacy fiction Having served their turn as muckraking testimony during the Progressive Era, Norris s novels, The Pit, and its predecessor, The Octopus, fell into obscurity although the game, Pit, is based on the novel Norris originally planned an epic trilogy about wheat The Octopus set in California about the production of wheat The Pit set in Chicago about the distribution of wheat through the stock market and The Wolf, set in Europe about the consumption of wheat Frank Norris died suddenly, at the age of 32, and The Pit was published posthumously Norris had not yet begun to write The Wolf The PlotLaura Dearborn, in possession of a small fortune, moves to Chicago to take up residence with her sister, Page, and their Aunt Wess in the late 19th century Laura, a beautiful and intelligent woman, finds herself the object of affection of three suitors Landry Court, Sheldon Corthell, and Curtis Jadwin Landry Court is a young broker working in the wheat pit of the Chicago Board of Trade His love for Laura seemslike boyish infatuation Sheldon Corthell is an independently wealthy artist who designs stained glass windows He appeals to Laura s artistic sensibilities and her attraction to romantic ideals of love Curtis Jadwin is a self made real estate tycoon who falls in love with Laura and single mindedly sets out to win her against all comers.Laura, who has resolved to love no one, tells each of her suitors to leave her alone and that she is not in love with them, nor ever will be Landry withdraws into his job Corthell leaves for Europe Jadwin appears in Laura s drawing room the next afternoon and begins his suit in earnest Eventually, Laura assents to marry him don t worry, this is not a spoiler.The Jadwins are happy at first They have plenty of money, a fine house, a small close circle of friends and their love for each other Then Curtis, lured by the thrill of the stock market, begins to speculate in wheat futures Soon his speculation, his gambling, takes him away from LauraandLaura, a lonely, deserted wife, suddenly finds Sheldon Corthell returned from Europe and still in love with her The main thrust of the plot centers on Curtis s dealings with the stock market He s lucky, he s skilled, and then he decides to try to do what no one has done to corner the market in wheat and set his own price The monetary gain would be staggering The loss would be ruinous And the wheat will either bring about his destruction or his salvation.Elements of Style As an author, Norris is difficult to categorize In his seven novels he seems to flip among realism, romanticism, and naturalism, and is often compared to Emile Zola for attempting to balance all three elements in his novels The Pit is no exception Norris moves the narrative between scenes of gritty realism in the wheat pit and Laura s romantic idealism and yearning for love, whether watching an opera or moping about her palatial home Norris peppers the narrative, especially Laura s scenes, with literary, Biblical, and musical allusions Some of the allusions are indicated with direct quotes in the text Manyallusions would go undetected if the reader were not inclined to look for them The text does have endnotes explaining the allusions that might not be readily apparent to the modern reader, however, the referenced passages are not indicated in the text itself with either a footnote superscript or asterisk I don t like to flip back and forth from the text to the notes anyway, so I preferred to only look in the endnotes when I spotted an allusion of which I was unsure I missed a few as well, but I don t think this materially detracted from the text.What I would have liked to see in the endnotes, yet did not, were explanations of some of the technical terms of the stock market After a while, one picks up on what selling short means or covering margins but Norris assumes his readers will be familiar with these and other terms, and, so it seems, do the editors at Penguin.Frank Norris s novel offers commentary on the ruthlessness of late 19th century capitalism and how the boom or bust of the economy has effects that ripple outward from their perpetrators in alarming ways Norris also deals with issues of free will vs circumstances as well as an addict s thirst for the next thrill, the next insurmountable object to conquer.Norris is, unfortunately, subject to the social constructs of his time and makes plenty of statements that presume women and men are naturally the way they are, stereotypes that the modern reader should spot easily In this regard, Laura s romantic role playing in the narrative, particularly some of her dialogue, seems forced, but maybe that s what Norris was going for To his credit, Norris limits his description of female sexuality as monstrous to his description of the pit itself seriously, male authors, what are you afraid of.Overall The Pit was a runaway bestseller in the early 20th century and deserves new readership especially afterrecent incidents on Wall Street, like insider trading This book remains a classic because of its psychological look at the A type personality and the pitfalls of the idea of romantic love while delving inside the machinations of wealthy, powerful people

  10. says:

    This second novel of the planned but unfinished trilogy which Norris referred to as the epic of the wheat , turns from wheat production by the big ranchers around Guadalahara to the money men who speculate in wheat futures in the Chicago stock exchange the pit of the title The dominant figure of the pit is Curtis Jadwin, who corners the market and drives up the price, making some farmers rich and many poor people go without bread Curtis Jadwin shares a common vice with Magnus Derrick, the b This second novel of the planned but unfinished trilogy which Norris referred to as the epic of the wheat , turns from wheat production by the big ranchers around Guadalahara to the money men who speculate in wheat futures in the Chicago stock exchange the pit of the title The dominant figure of the pit is Curtis Jadwin, who corners the market and drives up the price, making some farmers rich and many poor people go without bread Curtis Jadwin shares a common vice with Magnus Derrick, the big wheat rancher of The Octopus gambling For Derrick it was poker, but for Jadwin it is the gamble of commodity speculation His preoccupation with dealing in the pit is at the expense of his marriage to Laura who, unlike Blix in the Norris novel published only a year or so prior to The Pit is incapable of redeeming her gambling husband The reader is alerted to the inevitable crash awaiting Jadwin when Laura s attempt to interest him in improving literature evokes lukewarm interest to all offerings other than W D Howells s The Rise of Silas Lapham Laura is torn between her love for Curtis Jadwin and her attraction to Corthells, an artist and a former suitor who, with snigger worthy symbolism, thrills her with his expert playing of the organ Beethoven which Jadwin can only play by means of some auto mechanism similar to a piano roll Laura accounts for her divided passions by telling herself that she is inhabited by two personae one, the loyal wife with a taste for costumes and pedestrian art, and the other who gallops her horse recklessly fast and is ravished by the classics and Romanticism In fact, neither one nor the other Laura is finally authentic and it is this inauthenticity that is presented as the explanation for her failure to win Jadwin from the Pit their reconciliation is only finally achieved when Jadwin is reduced to sickness and both are condemned to the morally improving condition of relative poverty Commodity production as a gamble, the wife as the spiritual correction to masculine worldliness are familiar themes for Norris but, in The Pit , they are represented without the wealth of references to Christian scripture found in both Blix and The Octopus In The Pit , speculation in wheat takes place at long remove from the idealized early cultivation of the Mission Fathers of The Octopus who planted the first wheat, oil and wine to produce the elements of the sacrament The Octopus, p 48 I read The Pit in an execrableprint on demand edition, lacking page numbers and chapter breaks as well as being replete with broken words, fractured paragraphs and the typographic absurdities that result from the poor software used to render the original text Despite all that, it is good to have this book in circulation

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