Remarkable, Unspeakable New York

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Beacon Press, Aug 1, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 396 pages
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New York City's immensity, diversity, and drive have long been a magnet for American artists. Literary historian Shaun O'Connell brings this legacy to life in Unspeakable New York. Analyzing the work of more than one hundred New York writers, O'Connell shows how established members of the literary pantheon (Henry James, Edith Wharton, Walt Whitman, James Baldwin, Dorothy Parker, Saul Bellow), contemporary writers (Bret Easton Ellis, Oscar Hijuelos, E.L. Doctorow, Lynne Sharon Schwartz), and some surprising names from the past (Horatio Alger, Jacob Riis) have responded to the City's unique demands and opportunities. Remarkable, Unspeakable New York draws on works of fiction, drama, memoir, poetry, and travel writing to build a new understanding of New York's place in the American imagination.
  

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As I read everything New York, this is yet another damn good book that shows how the literature evolved in pace with the city. It continually amazes me how fast the city changes along with the people ... Read full review

Contents

FROM MANNAHATTA TO GOTHAM
1
New New York after the Civil War
34
FIN DE SIECLE NEW YORK CITY
83
FLAPPERS AND PHILOSOPHERS
121
Harlem from the Renaissance to the 1990s
163
NEW YORK CITY IN THE THIRTIES
206
NEW YORK CITYS GOLDEN
231
Contemporary New York
281
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SHAUN O'CONNELL, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and author of Imagining Boston, lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

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