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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.

Published Works

  • The Hour of the Sunshine Now, Short Stories, Story Press, 1978
  • The Second Novel, Becoming a Writer, December Press
  • Door Way, Ellis Press, 1981
  • Adventures in an American`s Literature, Ellis Press, 1982
  • Door Steps,Ellis Press, 1983
  • Door to Door, Ellis Press, 1985
  • The Ghost of Sandburg's Phizzog, Ellis Press, 1986
  • Neighborhood, Ellis Press, 1987
  • Meditations on a Small Lake, Ellis Press, 1987
  • Chronicles of a Rural Journalist in America, Door Reminder Press, 1990
  • Chi-Town, Ellis Press, 1990

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

[Story Press],. [Chicago] :. ©1978.

The second novel :
ISBN: 0913204099. OCLC Number:

December Press,. Chicago :. ©1978.

Door way :
ISBN: 0933180225. OCLC Number:

Ellis Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©1981.

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

Ellis,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©1982.

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

Ellis Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. 1985.

Door steps :
ISBN: 0933180446. OCLC Number:

Ellis Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©1983.

The ghost of Sandburgʼs Phizzog and other stories /
ISBN: 093318087X. OCLC Number:

Ellis Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. 1986.

Neighborhood /
ISBN: 0944024009. OCLC Number:

Ellis Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. 1987.

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

Ellis Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. 1987.

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

Samizdat Press,. Sister Bay, Wis. :. 1990.

Chi town /
ISBN: 0810120402. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2003.