Joe Gould's Secret
By (author) Joseph Mitchell
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Joe Gould's Secret by Joseph Mitchell
Book DescriptionJoseph Mitchell was a legendary New Yorke r writer and the author of the national bestseller Up in the Old Hotel , in which these two pieces appeared. What Joseph Mitchell wrote about, principally, was New York. In Joe Gould, Mitchell found the perfect subject. And Joe Gould's Secret has become a legendary piece of New York history. Joe Gould may have been the quintessential Greenwich Village bohemian. In 1916, he left behind patrician roots for a scrappy, hand-to-mouth existence: he wore ragtag clothes, slept in Bowery flophouses, and mooched food, drinks, and money off of friends and strangers. Thus he was able to devote his energies to writing "An Oral History of Our Time," which Gould said would constitute "the informal history of the shirt-sleeved multitude." But when Joe Gould died in 1957, the manuscript could not be found. Where had he hidden it? This is Joe Gould's Secret . "[Mitchell is] one of our finest journalists."--Dawn Powell, The Washington Post "What people say is history--Joe Gould was right about that--and history, when recorded by Mitchell, is literature."-- The New Criterion "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375708046
(216mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 7-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joseph Mitchell
Taking Sides: Clashing Views in World History, Volume 2: The Modern Era to the Present, Paperback / softback (September 2013)
Up in the Old Hotel, Paperback (July 2012)
Ian McEwan Mitchell is the laureate of old New York. Written between 1943 and 1965, this book offers the complete collection of Joseph Mitchell's "New Yorker" journalism and includes "McSorley's Wonderful Saloon", "Old Mr Flood", "The Bottom of the Harbour" and "Joe Gould's Secret".
My Ears are Bent, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by Joseph Mitchell
In 1938, "My Ears Are Bent," a collection of Mitchell's acclaimed newspaper pieces, was published. That book, unavailable for more than 60 years, is now restored to print.
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Author Biography - Joseph Mitchell
Joseph Mitchell came to New York City in 1929 from a small farming town called Fairmont, in the swamp country of southeastern North Carolina. He was twenty-one years old. He worked as a reporter and feature writer--for The World, The New York Herald Tribune, and The New York World-Telegram--for eight years, and then went to The New Yorker, where he worked off and on until his death in 1996.
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