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Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998)

by Phillip Lopate (Editor)

Other authors: Lionel Abel (Contributor), Louis Auchincloss (Contributor), James Baldwin (Contributor), Amiri Baraka (Contributor), Djuna Barnes (Contributor)105 more, Elizabeth Bishop (Contributor), William S. Burroughs (Contributor), Abraham Cahan (Contributor), Jimmy Cannon (Contributor), Willa Cather (Contributor), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (Contributor), John Cheever (Contributor), James Fenimore Cooper (Contributor), Malcolm Cowley (Contributor), Hart Crane (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), Don DeLillo (Contributor), Edwin Denby (Contributor), Charles Dickens (Contributor), Joan Didion (Contributor), E. L. Doctorow (Contributor), Theodore Dreiser (Contributor), Ernest Duvergier de Hauranne (Contributor), Loren Eiseley (Contributor), Ralph Ellison (Contributor), Fanny Fern (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Wong Chin Foo (Contributor), George G. Foster (Contributor), Margaret Fuller (Contributor), Allen Ginsberg (Contributor), Maxim Gorky (Contributor), Vivian Gornick (Contributor), Stephen Graham (Contributor), Elizabeth Hardwick (Contributor), O. Henry (Contributor), Oscar Hijuelos (Contributor), Philip Hone (Contributor), William Dean Howells (Contributor), Langston Hughes (Contributor), James Huneker (Contributor), Zora Neale Hurston (Contributor), Washington Irving (Contributor), Jane Jacobs (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), James Weldon Johnson (Contributor), Joyce Johnson (Contributor), Alfred Kazin (Contributor), Weldon Kees (Contributor), Helen Keller (Contributor), Fanny Kemble (Contributor), A.J. Liebling (Contributor), Bernard Malamud (Contributor), José Martí (Contributor), Vladimir Mayakovsky (Contributor), James Dabney McCabe (Contributor), Mary McCarthy (Contributor), Claude McKay (Contributor), John McNulty (Contributor), Herman Melville (Contributor), James Merrill (Contributor), Edna St. Vincent Millay (Contributor), Henry Miller (Contributor), Joseph Mitchell (Contributor), Marianne Moore (Contributor), Paul Morand (Contributor), Christopher Morley (Contributor), Robert Moses (Contributor), Lewis Mumford (Contributor), Frank O’Hara (Contributor), Frederick Law Olmsted (Contributor), George Oppen (Contributor), James Kirke Paulding (Contributor), George W. Plunkitt (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Dawn Powell (Contributor), Mario Puzo (Contributor), Charles Reznikoff (Contributor), Jacob Riis (Contributor), William L. Riordan (Contributor), Edward Rivera (Contributor), Ned Rorem (Contributor), Paul Rosenfeld (Contributor), Damon Runyon (Contributor), David Schubert (Contributor), James Schuyler (Contributor), Harvey Shapiro (Contributor), Irwin Shaw (Contributor), Kate Simon (Contributor), Isaac Bashevis Singer (Contributor), Alfred Emanuel Smith (Contributor), Red Smith (Contributor), Lincoln Steffens (Contributor), George Templeton Strong (Contributor), Gay Talese (Contributor), Sara Teasdale (Contributor), Grant Thorburn (Contributor), Henry David Thoreau (Contributor), Frances Trollope (Contributor), Mark Twain (Contributor), Bernardo Vega (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), E.B. White (Contributor), Walt Whitman (Contributor), William Carlos Williams (Contributor), Nathaniel Parker Willis (Contributor), Edmund Wilson (Contributor), Thomas Wolfe (Contributor), Tom Wolfe (Contributor), Anzia Yezierska (Contributor)

Series: Library of America Special Anthologies (1.1)

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In wholly original and startling ways, the authors of this inspired volume capture New York's spirit -- on the streets and in the subways, in the shops, hotels, and "eating houses", at riots, in newspapers, on bridges and in parks, in sweat shops, and in some of its denizens' diaries. An expansive range of more than one hundred brilliant voices includes Mary McCarthy, Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Djuna Barnes, Langston Hughes, Henry James, Zora Neale Hurston, Marianne Moore, Gay Talese, E.B. White, Allen Ginsberg, O. Henry, Alfred Kazin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Carlos Williams, and John Cheever, among many, many others.… (more)

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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
a delicious amalgam of new york nuggets .. i purchased it at time it was released, most immediately, for e.b. white's 1949 essay "here is new york" . .. which begins

"On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy ... It can destroy an individual or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky."

If that sequence sets your heart to fluttering .. this is the anthology for you.
  msteketee | Aug 17, 2009 |
Wonderfully entertaining; and educational.
  sandbergscott | May 21, 2009 |
Since the Lopates have been occupying my mind lately...

Sonal, thanks for having this out on your side table :)
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
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Lopate, PhillipEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abel, LionelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auchincloss, LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldwin, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baraka, AmiriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, DjunaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Cahan, AbrahamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cannon, JimmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cather, WillaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Crane, HartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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DeLillo, DonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Powell, DawnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Shaw, IrwinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simon, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Singer, Isaac BashevisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Alfred EmanuelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, RedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Strong, George TempletonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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1st ed. (1998): Writing New York : a literary anthology / Phillip Lopate, editor; Expanded ed., 10th anniversary ed. (2008): Writing New York : a literary anthology / Phillip Lopate, editor.

Please distinguish between this original 1998 publication of this Library of America anthology and the 2008 Expanded, 10th-Anniversary Edition (ISBN 9781598530216 / 1598530216), the contents of which are not the same. Without limitation, the 2008 edition includes material about 9/11. Thank you.
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In wholly original and startling ways, the authors of this inspired volume capture New York's spirit -- on the streets and in the subways, in the shops, hotels, and "eating houses", at riots, in newspapers, on bridges and in parks, in sweat shops, and in some of its denizens' diaries. An expansive range of more than one hundred brilliant voices includes Mary McCarthy, Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Djuna Barnes, Langston Hughes, Henry James, Zora Neale Hurston, Marianne Moore, Gay Talese, E.B. White, Allen Ginsberg, O. Henry, Alfred Kazin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Carlos Williams, and John Cheever, among many, many others.

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1998 anthology contains:
  • From A History of New York / Washington Irving
  • The Stranger at Home, or, A Tour in Broadway / James Kirke Paulding
  • From Domestic Manners of the Americans / Frances Trollope
  • From The Journal / Fanny Kemble
  • From The Diary / Philip Hone
  • From American Notes for General Circulation / Charles Dickens
  • Letters from Staten Island / Henry David Thoreau
  • From Open-Air Musings in the City / Nathaniel Parker Willis
  • From Doings of Gotham / Edgar Allan Poe
  • From Satanstoe / James Fenimore Cooper
  • Our City Charities / Margaret Fuller
  • The Eating-Houses / George G. Foster
  • From Life and Writings of Grant Thorburn / Grant Thorburn
  • Crossing Brooklyn Ferry / Walt Whitman
  • The Old Bowery / Walt Whitman
  • Bartleby, the Scrivener / Herman Melville
  • From The Diaries / George Templeton Strong
  • Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man / Frederick Law Olmsted
  • From Eight Months in America / Ernest Duvergier de Hauranne
  • Tyrants of the Shop / Fanny Fern
  • Personals / Mark Twain
  • Imposters / James D. McCabe
  • Experience of a Chinese Journalist / Wong Chin Foo
  • New York Under the Snow / José Martí
  • From A Hazard of New Fortunes / William Dean Howells
  • The Down Town Back-Alleys / Jacob Riis
  • Opium's Varied Dreams / Stephen Crane
  • Adventures of a Novelist / Stephen Crane
  • Drowned Their Sins / Abraham Cahan
  • Summer Complaint: The Annual Strike / Abraham Cahan
  • Whence the Song / Theodore Dreiser
  • A Vanished Seaside Resort / Theodore Dreiser
  • Honest Graft and Dishonest Graft / George W. Plunkitt and William L. Riordan
  • The Curse of Civil Service Reform / George W. Plunkitt and William L. Riordan
  • Boredom / Maxim Gorky
  • From The American Scene / Henry James
  • The Duel / O. Henry
  • From The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man / James Weldon Johnson
  • The Lungs / James Huneker
  • Gramercy Park / Sara Teasdale
  • In the Metropolitan Museum / Sara Teasdale
  • Coney Island / Sara Teasdale
  • Union Square / Sara Teasdale
  • Broadway / Sara Teasdale
  • "Come Into the Roof Garden, Maud" / Djuna Barnes
  • If I Should Learn / Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Recuerdo / Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Coming, Aphrodite! / Willa Cather
  • The Tropics in New York / Claude McKay
  • The Harlem Dancer / Claude McKay
  • New York / Marianne Moore
  • From Port of New York / Paul Rosenfeld
  • The Finale at the Follies / Edmund Wilson
  • Thoughts on Leaving New York for New Orleans / Edmund Wilson
  • Brooklyn Bridge / Vladimir Mayakovsky
  • To Brooklyn Bridge / Hart Crane
  • Exterior Street / Stephen Graham
  • From Up to Now / Al Smith
  • I Go Adventuring / Helen Keller
  • From New York / Paul Morand
  • The Police / Lincoln Steffens
  • Roosevelt and Reform / Lincoln Steffens
  • From The Diaries / Dawn Powell
  • From Journey to the End of Night / Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  • West End Avenue / Christopher Morley
  • My Lost City / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Background / Edith Wharton
  • Only the Dead Know Brooklyn / Thomas Wolfe
  • Sense of Humor / Damon Runyon
  • From Black Spring / Henry Miller
  • Millinery District / Charles Reznikoff
  • From Autobiography: New York / Charles Reznikoff
  • From By the Well of Living and Seeing / Charles Reznikoff
  • Apology for Breathing / A.J. Liebling
  • When the Negro Was in Vogue / Langston Hughes
  • Letter to N.Y. / Elizabeth Bishop
  • Atheist Hit by Truck / John McNulty
  • The Television Helps, But Not Very Much / John McNulty
  • Welcome to the City / Irwin Shaw
  • The Genial Host / Mary McCarthy
  • Story in Harlem Slang / Zora Neale Hurston
  • As He Seemed to a Hick / Red Smith
  • It Is Sticky in the Subway / David Schubert
  • Aspects of Robinson / Weldon Kees
  • Here Is New York / E.B. White
  • The Cost of Living / Bernard Malamud
  • From Red Ribbon on a White Horse / Anzia Yezierska
  • Hell's Kitchen / William Carlos Williams
  • The Long Furlough / Malcolm Cowley
  • From A Walker in the City / Alfred Kazin
  • Up in the Old Hotel / Joseph Mitchell
  • From Junky / William S. Burroughs
  • From Memoirs of Bernardo Vega / Bernardo Vega
  • A Step Away from Them / Frank O'Hara
  • The Day Lady Died / Frank O'Hara
  • Steps / Frank O'Hara
  • From The Immense Journey / Loren Eiseley
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia / Robert Moses
  • Moving Out / John Cheever
  • From The New York Diary / Ned Rorem
  • From The Death and Life of Great American Cities / Jane Jacobs
  • An Urban Convalescence / James Merrill
  • The Thirties / Edwin Denby
  • The Climate / Edwin Denby
  • Minton's / Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones)
  • Tourist Eye / George Oppen
  • From The Fire Next Time / James Baldwin
  • National Cold Storage Company / Harvey Shapiro
  • 47th Street / Harvey Shapiro
  • Panic in Brooklyn / Gay Talese
  • The Landmarker / Louis Auchincloss
  • From The Fortunate Pilgrim / Mario Puzo
  • A Sunday Kind of Love / Tom Wolfe
  • Goodbye to All That / Joan Didion
  • The Cafeteria / Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Lou Stillman / Jimmy Cannon
  • February / James Schuyler
  • Dining Out with Doug and Frank / James Schuyler
  • Mugging / Allen Ginsberg
  • Fourth Floor, Dawn, Up All Night Writing Letters / Allen Ginsberg
  • From Sleepless Nights / Elizabeth Hardwick
  • From Sketches from Life / Lewis Mumford
  • The Movies and Other Schools / Kate Simon
  • From Family Installments / Edward Rivera
  • From Minor Characters / Joyce Johnson
  • From The Intellectual Follies / Lionel Abel
  • From World's Fair / E.L. Doctorow
  • New York, 1936 / Ralph Ellison
  • From The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love / Oscar Hijuelos
  • From Approaching Eye Level / Vivian Gornick
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