In 1945, New York City stood at the pinnacle of its cultural and economic power. Never again would the city possess the unique mixture of innocence and sophistication, romance and formality, generosity and confidence which characterized it in this moment of triumph. In "Manhattan '45", acclaimed travel writer and historian Jan Morris evokes the ...Read MoreIn 1945, New York City stood at the pinnacle of its cultural and economic power. Never again would the city possess the unique mixture of innocence and sophistication, romance and formality, generosity and confidence which characterized it in this moment of triumph. In "Manhattan '45", acclaimed travel writer and historian Jan Morris evokes the city in all its romantic grandeur. From its beguilingly idiosyncratic architectural style to its unmistakable slang, post-War New York springs to life through Morris' brisk, affectionate prose. Morris visits Wall Street, Harlem, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. She rides the trollies, the El, the Hudson River ferries, and the Twentieth Century Limited. She dines at Schrafft's and Le Pavillon, drinks ale at McSorley's Saloon, sips Manhattans at the Manhattan Club, and spots celebrities at El Morocco. She meets Fiorello La Guardia, Robert Moses, Leo Durocher, I.B. Singer, and Dizzy Gillespie. And she tours the tenements of Hell's Kitchen and the Gashouse district, as well as the Foundling Hospital where the crushing realities of poverty belie the unchallenged exuberance of the age. Taking into account both Social Register and slum, "Manhattan '45" celebrates New York's Golden Age as a place where, for one unrepeatable moment in history, anything seemed possible.Read Less
Fine in very good dust jacket. Oxford U.P., New York, NY, 1987. 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Fine/VG+, Hard Cover, Size is 8vo, 272pages. DJ lightly rubbed on covers, o.w. clean, tight & bright. NO ink names, DJ tears, etc. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Association Copy. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First US edition, first prnt. Signed by Morris on the title page. Also inscribed on the verso of the endpage with map illustration to Pat Buckey, wife of William F. Buckley. "To Pat Buckley A very 'hip' lady with love always, Stephen." The inscriber is unknown. Black and white illustrations. A quarter-inch stray ink mark on the foreedge and topedge a little soiled; dustjacket with price-clip and toned flaps. Near Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Actual image of the book; not a stock photo.
First edition. 273pp. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Inscribed on title by the author in the year of publication. What Manhattan was like at the time U.S. Troops returned from Europe at the end of WW II.
Signed by Author First Edition Inscribed by Jan Morris on the half-title page. A fine copy in 1/4 red cloth over beige paper covered boards, gilt titles to the spine in a near fine pictorial dustwrapper. A bright, fresh copy of this cultural history and homage to an exuberant New York City in 1945 as she welcomed home the first American troops after World War 11.
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