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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Norbert Blei  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1935 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 2013 in Sister Bay, Wisconsin

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Illinois Connection

Blei was born in an ethnic (primarily Czechoslovakian) neighborhood of western Chicago, Illinois known as Little Village, in the 26th & Pulaski area. An only child, Blei and his parents moved to the near-western Chicago suburb of Cicero when he was in grade school.

Biographical and Professional Information

Norbert Blei began his career teaching high school English and subsequently worked at City News Bureau as a reporter. Blei left Chicago and moved to Door County in 1969, where he has lived and worked as a writer for over 40 years. For four decades, he worked in a converted chicken coop in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. He was also the editor/publisher of a small literay press (devoted to helping writers get their first books in print--and also supporting 'veteran' little magazine, small press writers who may have drifted into obscurity). The name of his press was CROSS+ROADS PRESS, founded in 1997.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Adventures in an American's literature /
ISBN: 0933180411. OCLC Number: 17620873

Ellis,. .

Chi town
ISBN: 0944024106. OCLC Number: 22289546

Ellis Press,. .

Chi town /
ISBN: 0810120402. OCLC Number: 51242087

Northwestern University Press,. .

Chronicles of a rural journalist in America /
ISBN: 0962614033. OCLC Number: 23012002

Samizdat Press,. .

Door steps :
ISBN: 0933180446. OCLC Number: 10025594

Ellis Press,. .

Door to door /
ISBN: 093318073x. OCLC Number: 12352363

Ellis Press,. .

Door way :
ISBN: 9780944024591. OCLC Number: 866615584

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Weaving a tapestry of lives and landscapes, past and present, earth and water, Blei celebrates the unique heritage of Door County, Wisconsin, a spectacular peninsula reaching into Lake Michigan. Blei ponders the balance of nature in a place where locals, tourists, and developers vie with the native flora and fauna of forests and lakeshore--adapted from publisher's website.

Door way :
ISBN: 0933180225. OCLC Number: 7978838

Ellis Press,. .

Meditations on a small lake :
ISBN: 9780944024454. OCLC Number: 234303395

Ellis Press,. .

Meditations on a small lake :
ISBN: 0933180993. OCLC Number: 16948534

Ellis Press,. .

Neighborhood /
ISBN: 0944024009. OCLC Number: 17010671

Ellis Press,. .

The ghost of Sandburg╩╝s Phizzog and other stories /
ISBN: 093318087X. OCLC Number: 14053158

Ellis Press,. .

The hour of the sunshine now :
ISBN: 0931704006. OCLC Number: 3844281

[Story Press],. .

The second novel :
ISBN: 0913204099. OCLC Number: 4900821

December Press,. .