Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do
Studs Terkel


Perhaps Studs Terkel’s best-known book, Working is a compelling, fascinating look at jobs and the people who do them. Consisting of over one hundred interviews conducted with everyone from gravediggers to studio heads, this book provides a timeless snapshot of people’s feelings about their working lives, as well as a relevant and lasting look at how work fits into American life. He interviews policemen to piano tuners.

Paperback, 640pp
New Press, 1997 (1974)
ISBN 9781565843424


STUDS TURKEL (1912-2008) was an award-winning author and radio broadcaster. He is the author of Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American ObsessionDivision Street: AmericaComing of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth CenturyTalking to Myself: A Memoir of My TimesThe Good War: An Oral History of World War IIWorking: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They DoThe Studs Terkel Reader: My American CenturyAmerican Dreams: Lost and FoundThe Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and TheaterHard Times: An Oral History of the Great DepressionWill the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a FaithGiants of JazzHope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled TimesAnd They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc JockeyTouch and Go: A MemoirP.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening; and Studs Terkel’s Chicago, all published by The New Press. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle 2003 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.