Joe Gould's Secret (Paperback)

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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.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375708046
SKU 30522741
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375708049
Release Date 12/1/1999
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
"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."
"'Joe Gould's Secret' is as rich in mystery suspense as a superior police romance."
"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."
"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."
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Editors Note The up-and-down life of the celebrated writer and prototypical Greenwich Village bohemian is chronicled here. Reissue. Movie tie-in. 20,000 first printing.
Annotation 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.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0208
Publisher Vintage Books

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