Writing New York: A Literary Anthology

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Writing New York: A Literary Anthology


Levinson, Martin H., et Cetera


Phillip Lopate, editor. Writing New York: A Literary Anthology. New York: Washington Square Press, 1998.

Phillip Lopate, in the introduction to this anthology, states "Few cities have inspired as much great writing as New York, or indeed as much writing: The literature of the city is extraordinary for its variety and sheer volume." In Writing New York, Lopate presents 108 selections, from more than 100 writers, that captures the best of this ample urban literature.

From Washington Irving, the first New York author to establish an international reputation, to Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, Henry James, and Tom Wolfe, the narratives in this book examine and bring the Big Apple to life in exciting and interesting ways. I was particularly taken with selections from the great New York diarists: Philip Hone and George Templeton Strong left a vivid, almost unbroken record of the city for much of the nineteenth century, while Dawn Powell and Ned Rorem have been among the extraordinary diarists of our own era. …

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