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Joe Gould's Secret (1996)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375708049, Paperback)Now a major motion picture starring Ian Holm, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci, who also directs.
Joseph Mitchell was a legendary New Yorker writer and the author of the national bestseller Up in the Old Hotel, in which these two pieces appeared. What Joseph Mitchell wrote about, principally, was New York. In Joe Gould, Mitchell found the perfect subject. And Joe Gould's Secret has become a legendary piece of New York history.
Joe Gould may have been the quintessential Greenwich Village bohemian. In 1916, he left behind patrician roots for a scrappy, hand-to-mouth existence: he wore ragtag clothes, slept in Bowery flophouses, and mooched food, drinks, and money off of friends and strangers. Thus he was able to devote his energies to writing "An Oral History of Our Time," which Gould said would constitute "the informal history of the shirt-sleeved multitude." But when Joe Gould died in 1957, the manuscript could not be found. Where had he hidden it? This is Joe Gould's Secret.
"[Mitchell is] one of our finest journalists."--Dawn Powell, The Washington Post
"What people say is history--Joe Gould was right about that-- and history, when recorded by Mitchell, is literature."--The New Criterion
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The enduring cult classic by an icon of American journalism Acclaimed journalist and staff writer for the New Yorker Joseph Mitchell tells the story of Joe Gould, (3zsan odd and penniless and unemployable little man who came to this city in 1916 and ducked and dodged and held on as hard as he could for over thirty-five years.(3y sWritten originally as two separate profiles ((3zsProfessor Sea Gull(3y sin 1942 and then (3zsJoe Gould?s Secret(3y stwenty-two years later), the biography captures both Mitchell and Gould at their finest. Over a twenty-year association, as Mitchell learns more about Gould and his epic Oral History?a reputedly nine-million-word collection of philosophizing, wanderings, and hearsay that the supposed Harvard man Gould termed (3zsthe informal history of the shirt-sleeved multitude(3ys?he uncovers a secret that adds even more eccentricities to the already unusual story of the local legend. This bounteous and elusive history, so esteemed that even Pound and Cummings discussed it in letters, would ultimately serve to unlock the (3zslost soul named Joe Gould.(3y sMitchell?s last major work before the writer?s block that left him virtually silent for thirty-two years, Joe Gould?s Secret captures one of American journalism?s ascendant young masters at his peak and serves to mark an artist-subject relationship for the ages. (3zsYou pick someone so close that in fact you are writing about yourself,(3y san aging Mitchell told the Washington Post four years before his death. (3zsTalking to Joe Gould all those years he became me in a way, if you see what I mean.(3y sAnd as the reader comes to understand Gould?s secret, Mitchell?s words become all the more prescient. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joseph Mitchell including rare images from the author?s estate.
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