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Joseph Mitchell
Joseph Mitchell

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Joseph Mitchell came to New York City on October 25, 1929 (the day after the stock-market crash), from a small farming town called Fairmont, in the swamp country of southeastern North Carolina. He was twenty-one years old and looking for a job as a newspaper reporter. He eventually managed to find work as an apprentice crime reporter at Police Headquarters for The World. He was a reporter and feature writer—for The World, The Herald Tribune, and The World-Telegram—for eight years, and then went to The New Yorker, where he remained until his death, on May 24, 1996, at the age of... Read More

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The Bottom of the Harbor

Written by Joseph Mitchell


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 1, 2008
Price: $13.99

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Decisive Battles of the Civil War

Written by Joseph Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: January 3, 1995
Price: $15.00

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Joe Gould's Secret

Written by Joseph Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $15.00

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... Read more >

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My Ears Are Bent

Written by Joseph Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $14.00

As a young newspaper reporter in 1930s New York, Joseph Mitchell interviewed fan dancers, street evangelists, voodoo conjurers, not to mention a lady boxer who also happened to be a countess. Mitchell haunted parts of the city now vanished: the fish market, burlesque houses, tenement neighborhoods, and storefront churches. Whether he... Read more >
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My Ears Are Bent

Written by Joseph Mitchell


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 24, 2010
Price: $9.99

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Up in the Old Hotel

Written by Joseph Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $18.00

Mitchell explored a New York City that has now vanished in his four books and his classic reportage for The New Yorker. Mitchell's eccentrics live again in this omnibus volume that contains all of his books and several previously uncollected stories. Read more >
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