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Mike Royko

Born: September 19, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 29, 1997 in Evanston, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Royko was a native Chicagoan.

Biography: Mike Royko is best known as a political nespaper columnist. He began his career in journalism on an Air Force Base newspaper in 1956. In 1972, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, concentrating on Chicago and Illinois politics. Over his thirty year career, he wrote over 7,500 daily columns for three newspapers, the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

  • -- Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2011

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Boss :
ISBN: 0452261678 OCLC: 18290344

This is the story of Richard J. Daley, politician and self-promoter extraordinaire, from his inauspicious youth on Chicago's South Side through his rapid climb to the seat of power as mayor and boss of the Democratic Party machine. A bare-all account of Daley's cardinal sins as well as his milestone achievements, this scathing work by Chicago journalist Mike Royko brings to life the most powerful political figure of his time--Page 4 of cover.

  Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago.
ISBN: 0214653692 OCLC: 5582963

Barrie & Jenkins, London : 1971.

This account of the career of one of the most powerful mayors in the United States is also an indictment of the corruption in the administration of the city of Chicago.

  Dr. Kookie, You're Right!
ISBN: 0517079917 OCLC: 19555209

Random House Value Publishing 1989

Early Royko :
ISBN: 9780226730752 OCLC: 1039693454

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : 2018.

For the love of Mike :
ISBN: 0226730743 OCLC: 49690911

University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Ill. ; 2002.

Like I was sayin'-- /
ISBN: 0515084166 OCLC: 13077182

Berkley Pub. Group, New York : 1985, ©1984.

One more time :
ISBN: 0226730727 OCLC: 40076684

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : 1999.

"Culled from 7500 columns and spanning four decades, from his early days to his last dispatch, the writings in this collection reflect a radically changing America as seen by a man whose keen sense of justice and humor never faltered."--Jacket.

  Otoko no koramu.
ISBN: 4309460976 OCLC: 673968551

Royko in love /
ISBN: 0226730786 OCLC: 671813861

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : 2010.

Street-smart, wickedly funny, piercingly perceptive, and eloquent enough to win a Pulitzer Prize, Mike Royko continues to have legions of devoted fans who still wonder "what Royko would have said" about some outrageous piece of news. One thing he hardly ever wrote or talked about, though, was his private life, especially the time he shared with his first wife, Carol. She was the love of his life, and her premature death at the age of forty-four shook him to his soul. Mike's unforgettable public tribute to Carol was a heart-wrenching column written on what would have been her forty-fifth birthday, "November Farewell." His most famous and requested piece, it was the end of an untold story. Royko in Love offers that story's moving and utterly beguiling beginning in letters that "Mick" Royko, then a young airman, wrote to his childhood sweetheart, Carol Duckman. He had been in love with her since they were kids on Chicago's northwest side, but she was a beauty and he was, well ...

  Sez who? Sez me /
ISBN: 044630896X OCLC: 10214632

Warner, New York : [1983], ©1982.

More than a decade's worth of essays by the Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist capture the essence of big-city American life, from neighborhood taverns to backroom politics.

The best of Royko :
ISBN: 1572842555 OCLC: 1022076858

"For more than 30 years, Mike Royko was a part of the daily fabric of Chicagoans’ lives, penning often humorous and always honest columns first for the Chicago Daily News, then the Sun-Times, and finally the Tribune. Culled from thousands of his Tribune columns and edited by his son David Royko, this collection offers up his best material from the last stage in his career, which was cut short by his premature death in 1997." --