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McSorley's Wonderful Saloon

Mitchell, Joseph

ISBN 10: 0375421025 / ISBN 13: 9780375421020
Edité par Pantheon, New York, 2001
Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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Dust Jacket is in as new condition, apart from normal shop shelf wear - contains no tears or chips or other damage. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Literature & Literary; ISBN: 0375421025. ISBN/EAN: 9780375421020. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 22107. N° de réf. du libraire 22107

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Titre : McSorley's Wonderful Saloon

Éditeur : Pantheon, New York

Date d'édition : 2001

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Edition : 2nd Printing

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“Mitchell’s collection of portraits is the exact opposite of the books that choose an important subject, but are hastily written and have nothing much to say. These books, which form the bulk of current writing, always make you feel as if you had paid for looking into the wrong end of a telescope. Mitchell, on the other hand, likes to start with an unimportant hero, but he collects all the facts about him, arranges them to give the desired effects, and usually ends by describing the customs of a whole community. Commodore Dutch, the subject of one portrait, ‘is a brassy little man who has made a living for the last forty years by giving an annual ball for the benefit of himself.’ Mitchell doesn’t try to present him as anything more than a barroom scrounger; but in telling the story of his career, he also gives a picture of New York sporting life since the days of Big Tim Sullivan. The story called ‘King of the Gypsies’ is even better. It sets out to describe Cockeye Johnny Nikanov, the spokesman or king of thirty-eight gypsy families, but it soon becomes a Gibbon’s decline and fall of the American gypsies; and it ends with an apocalyptic vision that is not only comic but also, in its proper context, more imaginative than anything to be found in recent novels.
“Reading some of his portraits a second time, you catch an emotion beneath them that curiously resembles Dickens’: a continual wonder at the sights and sounds of a big city, a continual devouring interest in all the strange people who live there, a continual impulse to burst into praise of kind hearts and good food and down with hypocrisy.” —Malcolm Cowley, The New Republic

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I have been a full-time bookseller since 1986. My stock includes a large collection of books on baseball, about 2,000 volumes. In addition to baseball, I specialize in True Crime, Ohioana, Botany, and Music. I am a member of the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society (NOBS). My personal book interests include H.L. Mencken, P.G. Wodehouse, Jim Tully, baseball, botany, especially history, exploration and economic botany, true crime, and music.

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