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Joe Gould's Secret (Paperback)

Author:  Joseph Mitchell
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375708049
ISBN-13: 9780375708046
Sku: 30522741
Publish Date: 12/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  208
Age Range:  NA
 
Joe Gould may have been the quintessential Greenwich Village bohemian in 1916 while he wrote "An Oral History of Our Time." His life story, "Jay Gould's Secret, " is now a major motion picture directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Ian Holm, Hope Davis, Isabella Rossellini, and Glenn Close.
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Now a major motion picture starring Ian Holm, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci, who also directs.

Joseph Mitchell was a legendary New Yorker writer and the author of the national bestseller Up in the Old Hotel, in which these two pieces appeared. What Joseph Mitchell wrote about, principally, was New York. In Joe Gould, Mitchell found the perfect subject. And Joe Gould's Secret has become a legendary piece of New York history.

Joe Gould may have been the quintessential Greenwich Village bohemian. In 1916, he left behind patrician roots for a scrappy, hand-to-mouth existence: he wore ragtag clothes, slept in Bowery flophouses, and mooched food, drinks, and money off of friends and strangers. Thus he was able to devote his energies to writing "An Oral History of Our Time," which Gould said would constitute "the informal history of the shirt-sleeved multitude." But when Joe Gould died in 1957, the manuscript could not be found. Where had he hidden it? This is Joe Gould's Secret.

"[Mitchell is] one of our finest journalists."--Dawn Powell, The Washington Post

"What people say is history--Joe Gould was right about that-- and history, when recorded by Mitchell, is literature."--The New Criterion
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Scion of an old Massachusetts family, graduate of Harvard University, Joe Gould was slated for medical school and a brilliant career as a surgeon and community leader, just as his father and grandfather had done before him. Instead, in 1916, Gould came to New York City and spend the next 40 years living in poverty in Greenwich Village, panhandling and sleeping in flophouses or doorways. He told "New Yorker" writer Joseph Mitchell that he lived this way so that he could walk around the city and write down the things he overheard people say to one another. Obsessed with the idea that talk is history, and that even off-the-cuff remarks could be prophetic, Gould filled hundreds of notebooks which eventually became "An Oral History of Our Time". Mitchell wrote a piece about Gould for the "New Yorker" in 1942, and followed it up 22 years later, after Gould died, with another profile. These have been combined into "Joe Gould's Secret".Scion of an old Massachusetts family, graduate of Harvard University, Joe Gould was slated for medical school and a brilliant career as a surgeon and community leader, like his father and grandfather before him. Instead, in 1916, Gould came to New York City and spent the next 40 years living in poverty in Greenwich Village, panhandling and sleeping in flophouses or doorways. He told New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell that his only ambition was to walk around the city and write down the things he overheard people say. Obsessed with the idea that talk is history, and that even off-the-cuff remarks could be important and prophetic, Gould filled hundreds of notebooks that he called "An Oral History of Our Time." Mitchell wrote a piece about Gould for the New Yorker in 1942, and followed it up 22 years later, after Gould died, with another profile. These have been combined into JOE GOULD'S SECRET. The book was made into a movie in 2001, starring Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, and Susan Sarandon.

Praise

Washington Post
"Joseph Mitchell is one of our finest journalists, unique in his compassion and understanding for the haunted little lost men such as Joe Gould. He transforms a forlorn, intolerably pathetic gentleman panhandler into an engaging, Dickensian orphan rogue." - Dawn Powell 1965

New York Times
"'Joe Gould's Secret' is as rich in mystery suspense as a superior police romance." - Charles Poore 1965

New Criterion
"What people say IS history--Joe Gould was right about that--and history, when recorded by Mitchell, is literature. One hopes that his book will stay in print forever." - Christopher Carduff 1992

Literary Review
"The most moving aspect of this book is that in the process of finding out who the real Joe Gould was, Joseph Mitchell develops a deeper respect for him....Mitchell's portrait [is] a little masterpiece of human insight and compassion." - Dan Britten November 1997

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0208
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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