Up in the Old Hotel

By Joseph Mitchell
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679746317, 736pp.)

Publication Date: June 1, 1993

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Saloon-keepers and street preachers, gypsies and steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady and a 93-year-old "seafoodetarian" who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two decades. These are among the people that Joseph Mitchell immortalized in his reportage for "The New Yorker" and in four books--"McSorley's Wonderful Saloon," "Old Mr. Flood," "The Bottom of the Harbor," and "Joe Gould's Secret"--that are still renowned for their precise, respectful observation, their graveyard humor, and their offhand perfection of style.
These masterpieces (along with several previously uncollected stories) are available in one volume, which presents an indelible collective portrait of an unsuspected New York and its odder citizens--as depicted by one of the great writers of this or any other time.

About the Author
Joseph Mitchell was born in North Carolina and moved to New York City in 1929.  He died in 1996.
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