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General Information

Name:  Florence Hamlish Levinsohn  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1926 in New York, N.Y.

Died: 1998 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Florence Hamlish Levinsohn on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Levinsohnn lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Levinsohn was a longtime activist, writer and editor who wrote social and political articles for several publications, including the ''Chicago Tribune'' and ''Chicago Reader''. She started her career as the assistant editor for the ''Northwest Times'' in Harwood Heights, Illinois. During her time here she also worked for ''Advertising Age'', ''The American Journal of Sociology and of Education'', was an instructor at Kennedy-King College and presented teaching seminars on writing and editing for scholarly publications. She wrote the first biography of Harold Washington, a past mayor of Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Harold Washington: A political biography
ISBN: 0914091409

Chicago Review Press. 1983

Book by Levinsohn, Florence Hamlish

Belgrade: Among the Serbs
ISBN: 1566630614

Ivan R. Dee. 1994

The murderous war in Yugoslavia brings a daily round of revulsion, with the world's press fixed on the Serbs as children of darkness. "A valiant and warlike race," Churchill called the Serbs. Certainly their reputation for war has stuck. But as Florence Levinsohn finds in this penetrating look at the Balkan conflict, the Serbs are complex and often misunderstood. During an intensive stay in Belgrade, Ms. Levinsohn talked with a cross-section of Serbian intellectuals and absorbed the mood of a city enduring a draconian UN embargo. In Belgrade she unpeels the many layers of confusion, despair, cynicism, anger, and yearning felt by Serbs living under a government they neither understand nor endorse, but feel hopeless to unseat. She finds a proud people involved with a war for which they have no sympathy and only long for an end. There is, Ms. Levinsohn concludes, enough guilt in this conflict to satisfy Serbs, Croatians, and Muslims alike, and a great measure of misdirected policy in the West. As she shows, the roots of the war lie in the political exploitation of ethnic and religious hatreds by the leaders of the several groups. Belgrade is a mind-changing book about the bitterest conflict to come out of the end of the Cold War.

Looking for Farrakhan
ISBN: 1566631572

Ivan R. Dee. 1997

While the racial polarity over the O. J. Simpson trial was powerful and dramatic, there are far deeper and wider differences over Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. It is no exaggeration to say that since the Million Man March, Farrakhan has become perhaps the most respected and admired American black man among his fellow blacks—and the most feared and despised black man by whites in America. In her new book, Looking for Farrakhan, Florence Levinsohn offers a searching biographical portrait of the man behind the myth. Here is a man far more complex, far more dangerous than the one seen in ten-second sound bites on the evening news. While Ms. Levinsohn is unsparing in her descriptions of Farrakhan’s bigotry, she shows that he is a religious zealot who sees himself in a long tradition of black saviors, who sense white hostility everywhere—and is often right. She explores Farrakhan’s impact as an agent of anti-Semitism, and suggests that the root beliefs of Farrakhan and the Nation may illuminate some of the tensions now buried in white and black mutual anger. Looking for Farrakhan is a thoughtful, revealing appraisal of perhaps the most enigmatic figure on the American political scene.


Pen Writer`s Fund,1997, and Completion Grants, Illinois Arts Council, 1993 and 1980.