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Description - Joe Gould's Secret by Joseph Mitchell

The title of this book is Joe Gould's Secret and is written by author Joseph Mitchell. The book Joe Gould's Secret is published by Vintage Publishing. The ISBN of this book is 9780099772316 and the format is Paperback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Joe Gould's Secret by Joseph Mitchell.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780099772316
ISBN-10: 0099772310
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Joe Gould's Secret by Joseph Mitchell

UK Kirkus Review » Gould, ex-Harvard man, down and out, wanders around the 'cafeterias, diners, barrooms and dumps' of Greenwich Village scrounging, bickering, haranguing but above all compiling his mammoth book, An Oral History of Our Times. Pynchon or DeLillo might have made a novel out of him, but Mitchell wrote this masterly profile originally for the New Yorker. Can journalism rise to the uncanny level of art? This does. Review by Nicci French, whose books include 'Killing Me Softly' (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » We won't reveal Joe Gould's secret here, but New Yorker readers may already know it from this piece's two-part publication last year. Joe Gould ranked with Max Bodenheim as She definitive Greenwich Village Bohemian during the Twenties, Thirties and Forties. Gould was famous for his enormously unpublished Oral History of Our Time, a nine-million-word contemporary history based upon hearsay, gossip, chatter and overheard conversations. In 1942 Joseph Mitchell decided to do a Profile on Joe Gould for The New Yorker and so engaged him in depth interviews. Joe lived on ketchup and black coffee, slept on subways and benches, wore hidden newspapers to keep warm in winter, and could write for fantastic stretches of time in the public library or on the subway. He amassed his famous Oral History in children's notebooks, writing in bad longhand. After publication of the Profile, Joe became even more famous, as did his history, and he even turned semi-respectable. Meanwhile, Mitchell inadvertently discovered Joe's secret, which he has kept private since Joe's death seven years ago. Fascinating and pathetic as this true story is, one wishes it were richer in spots; the revelation scene is a bit creaky. But it has a definite curio-crank appeal. (Kirkus Reviews)

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