A New York life: of friends and others

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Poseidon Press, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 348 pages
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From the 1930s to the 1990s, from backstage Broadway to the Century Club, a long-time New York observer offers a tour through the heady ranks of New York's elite

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This amusing and intelligent volume of reminiscences offers a personal look at some of the 20th century's most successful writers, artists, and architects. Gill, a staff writer for The New Yorker and ... Read full review

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Brendan Gill is perhaps best known as the witty and urbane author of the New Yorker magazine's "Talk of the Town" column. Born on October 4, 1914 in Hartford, Conn., Gill graduated from Yale University in 1936 and immediately went to work for The New Yorker as a film and art critic. It was at the magazine that Gill was able to rub elbows with celebrities such as Cole Porter and Tallulah Bankhead, both of whom later became subjects of Gill's biographies. Gill's own memoir, Here at the New Yorker, is filled with reminiscence, humorous anecdotes, and the unforgettable cartoons that have made the magazine famous. Gill also wrote fiction and short stories, and his style is reflected in books such as Death in April, Other Poems and The Trouble of One House, for which he won a National Book Award in 1951 Brendan Gill died on December 27, 1997.