"The master of a journalistic style long vanished - urbane, lucid, courteous...A masterpiece of observation and storytelling". (Ian McEwan). Mitchell is the laureate of old New York. The hidden corners of the city and the people who lived there are his subject. He captured the waterfront rooming-houses, nickel-a-drink saloons, all-night ...
"The master of a journalistic style long vanished - urbane, lucid, courteous...A masterpiece of observation and storytelling". (Ian McEwan). Mitchell is the laureate of old New York. The hidden corners of the city and the people who lived there are his subject. He captured the waterfront rooming-houses, nickel-a-drink saloons, all-night restaurants, the "visionaries, obsessives, imposters, fanatics, lost souls, the end-is-near street preachers, old Gypsy Kings and old Gypsy Queens, and out-and-out freak-show freaks". Mitchell's trademark curiosity, respect and graveyard humour fuel these magical essays. Written between 1943 and 1965, "Up in the Old Hotel" is 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". "Joseph Mitchell is buried treasure". (Salman Rushdie).
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I read an article about Joseph Mitchell in the Chicago Tribune in the summer of this year. I was unfamilar with him as his heyday as a non-fiction writer was in the 40s and 50s. However, I managed to locate a number of his books and have read them all. The writing is brilliant and the characterizations of the people of NY and New Jersey at that time are as fine as any I have read. The center of each book is the water-the oceans and rivers, the men who ply them and the area around the Fulton Fish Market where they sell their catches. Up in the Old Hotel will give you a wonderful sense of a time long past and some wonderful characters that lived a very different life. It is the best writing I have read in many, many years.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-05-03 In this omnibus collecting decades of his work, Mitchell offers compassionate, wistful examinations of early-20th-century New Yorkers who existed on the margins of society. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-06-22 Like a Coney Island sideshow barker who might have appeared in one of Mitchell's New Yorker profiles, this collection promises an uncommon world. And it delivers, in compassionate, wistful examinations of early-20th-century New Yorkers who share a common trait: they exist on the outskirts of society in either habit or mind. There is nine-year-old Philippa Duke Schuyler, who has an IQ of 185 and ``reads Plutarch on train trips, eats steaks raw, writes poems in honor of her dolls, plays poker, and is the composer of more than sixty pieces for the piano.'' Also compelling are profiles of New York places, as much characters as people are. Mitchell's writing on McSorley's Saloon, the Union League of the Deaf, Sloppy Louie's--all either gone or changed--captures the town in its days as a manufacturing center. If the four sections in this collection ( McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor, Joe Gould's Secret ) evoked only a long-lost New York, they would still be worthwhile. But there is more. Mitchell speaks of facts that enlighten and redeem--the book's greatest gift. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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