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Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories.

Mitchell, Joseph.

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ISBN 10: 0679412638 / ISBN 13: 9780679412632
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, 1992
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A Fine tight unread copy in gray paper wraps. This advance copy of this collection of Mitchell's writings includes McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, The Bottom of the Harbor, Old Mr. Flood, Joe Gould's Secret, and seven fictional pieces. All of the works were first published in The New Yorker. In addition to the contents of the four published books, Mitchell has included. Many of the stories included here, but not included in Mitchell's published books, have never before been reprinted until now. Bookseller Inventory # 23248

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Title: Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories.

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Edition: Uncorrected Page Proof

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Waterfront workers, people on the Bowery, Mohawk Indians working on high structural steel, gypsies, itinerant preachers, and others provide the necessary color for the literary portraits collected in a commemorative tribute to The New Yorker's Joseph Mitchell.


Journalist Joseph Mitchell, whose death in in May 1996 at the age of 87 merited a half-page obituary in the New York Times, pioneered a style of journalism while crafting brilliant magazine pieces for the New Yorker from the 1930s to the early 1960s. Up in the Old Hotel, a collection of his best reporting, is a 700-page joy to read.

Mitchell lovingly chronicled the lives of odd New York characters. In the pages of Up In the Old Hotel, the reader passes through places such as McSorley's Old Ale House or the Fulton Fish Market that many observers might have found ordinary. But when experienced through Mitchell's gifted eye, the reader will see that these haunts of old New York possess poetry, beauty, and meaning.

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