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Joseph Mitchell (1) (1908–1996)

Author of Up in the Old Hotel

For other authors named Joseph Mitchell, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Joseph Mitchell came to New York City in 1929 from a small town in North Carolina. He was twenty-one years old. He worked as a reporter & feature writer--for "The World", "The Herald Tribune", & "The World Telegram"--for eight years, & then went to "The New Yorker", where he remained until his show more death in 1996. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Joseph Mitchell

Up in the Old Hotel (1943) 1,423 copies
Joe Gould's Secret (1965) 401 copies
McSorley's Wonderful Saloon (1943) 187 copies
My Ears Are Bent (2001) 174 copies
The Bottom of the Harbor (1959) 160 copies
Apologies to the Iroquois (1959) 128 copies
Old Mr. Flood (1948) 65 copies
Lady Olga 1 copy

Associated Works

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink (2007) — Contributor — 536 copies
Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Contributor — 432 copies
Life Stories: Profiles from the New Yorker (2000) — Contributor — 299 copies
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contributor — 278 copies
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contributor — 210 copies


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Stories from a fascinating (and brutal) time and place - depression era New York City and the fishmongers, drunks, and preachers who populated tenements, taverns and harbors. I learned so much about what's at the bottom of the harbor and fish! Joseph Mitchell was a writer for The New Yorker at the time and these are his stories. Poor, poor Joe Gould....
RachelGMB | 21 other reviews | Dec 27, 2023 |
From the father of literary nonfiction, an idiosyncratic history of New York City.
Mark_Feltskog | 21 other reviews | Dec 23, 2023 |
Well let me change from day today this book currently is in my top 10 favorite books. Mitchell was a long time reporter for various New York newspapers in later than New York or during the first half of the 1900s. His pieces are wonderful slices of New York history told through various character sketches and regions of New York that has long since disappeared. Each story is a gym starting with McSorley‘s old Ale House and moving onto other colorful characters such as Maisie who ran a movie theater on the lower Eastside waterman fisherman oysterman who worked the docs around New York Harbor and the Fulton fishmarket. He captures since of long last New York through a character Joe Gould described as a true Greenwich Village bohemian. Highly recommend.… (more)
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kropferama | 21 other reviews | Jan 1, 2023 |
A once-obscure collection of Mitchell's daily newspaper work from the earlier part of his career; that is, before he began his long run at The New Yorker. The collection can be a bit hit or miss, but some pieces definitely foreshadow his later work, such as the absorbing and interesting examination of oyster fisheries. Other pieces read like miniature Profiles, like the interview with Jimmy Durante. Some other pieces aren't quite as good, but one has to account for the fact that this is early in his career, and subject to rewriting. Generally recommended.… (more)
EricCostello | 2 other reviews | Nov 6, 2021 |



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