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Mitchell, Joseph 1908-1996

Works: 230 works in 445 publications in 7 languages and 5,812 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Short stories  Drama  Film adaptations  Church history  History 
Roles: Author, Performer, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of screenplay, Conceptor, Composer, Author of introduction, Instrumentalist, Scenarist, Contributor, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: PS3525.I9714, 970.3
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Up in the old hotel and other stories by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
16 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,372 libraries worldwide
Up in the Old Hotel had its beginnings in the nineteen-thirties, in the hopelessness of the early days of the Great Depression, when Joseph Mitchell, at that time a young newspaper reporter in New York City, gradually became aware that the people be respected the most and got the most pleasure out of interviewing were really pretty strange. "Among them," he once wrote, were visionaries, obsessives, imposters, fanatics, lost souls, the-end-is-near street preachers, old Gypsy kings and old Gypsy queens, and out-and-out freak-show freaks." One of the street preachers was a gloomily eloquent old Southerner named the Reverend Mr. James Jefferson Davis Hall, who carried a WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY? sign up and down the sidewalks of the theatrical district, which he called "the belly and the black heart of that Great Whore of Babylon, the city of New York," for a generation; one of the Gypsy kings was King Cockeye Johnny Nikanov, who liked to say that the difference between Gypsies and gajos, or non-Gypsies, is that a Gypsy will steal gasoline out of the tanks of parked automobiles but that a high-class United States politician gajo will steal a whole damned oil well; one of the freak-show freaks was Jane Barnell, billed as Lady Olga, who was the Bearded Lady in Hubert's Museum and Flea Circus on Forty-second Street and who was a legend in the freak-show world because of her imaginatively sarcastic and sometimes imaginatively obscene and sometimes imaginatively brutal remarks about people in freak-show audiences delivered deadpan and sotto voce to her fellow freaks gathered about her on the platform. These people were extraordinarily dissimilar, but all of them, each and every one of them, protected themselves and kept themselves going by the use of a kind of humor that Mitchell thought of as graveyard humor, and he admired them for this. Even the Reverend Hall depended on this kind of humor to get his points across, and some of his gloomiest sermons were at the same time comic masterpieces. Mitchell could write only briefly about these people in newspapers, but he kept in touch with some of them, and later on, when he joined the staff of The New Yorker, he wrote full-scale "Profiles" of them. At The New Yorker, as time went on, he turned to writing about more conventional people--a great variety of them--only to find that if they were asked the right questions, and if their answers were closely listened to, even the most conventional of them were also apt to turn out to be really quite strange. And, amazingly, he discovered that a large proportion of them, after seeking over and over to find some meaning in their lives and finding only meaninglessness, had also learned to console themselves with graveyard humor. Between 1943 and 1965, four collections of Mitchell's stories from The New Yorker were published--McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor and Joe Gould's Secret. All of these books have been out of print for years, and all of them, with some previously uncollected stories added to McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, are included in this book. Through the years, a succession of literary critics have written essays on Mitchell's stories, extolling his prose, remarking on the dazzling diversity of his subjects, and exploring the darkness that they profess to discern underneath his humor. Some of Mitchell's colleagues at The New Yorker believe that his "Profiles" and "Reporter at Large" articles are among the best the magazine has ever published and are among the ones most likely to endure. One of his colleagues, Calvin Trillin, dedicated a book to him, stating "To the New Yorker reporter who set the standard--Joseph Mitchell."
McSorley's wonderful saloon by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
26 editions published between 1943 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 723 libraries worldwide
New Yorker essayist Mitchell likes to start with an unimportant hero, but collects all the facts, arranges them to give the desired effects, and usually ends by describing the customs of a community. 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 present him as anything more than a barroom scrounger; but in telling his story, he also gives a picture of New York sporting life. "King of the Gypsies" sets out to describe the spokesman of 38 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 more imaginative than recent novels. Reading some of his portraits a second time, you catch an emotion beneath them that resembles Dickens'.--From Malcolm Cowley, The New Republic
Joe Gould's secret by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
38 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 673 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the up-and-down life of the celebrated writer and prototypical Greenwich Village bohemian
The bottom of the harbor by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
22 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 615 libraries worldwide
Marine life sketches and some unusual mariners
My ears are bent by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 437 libraries worldwide
First published in 1938, collects interviews conducted by Joseph Mitchell of everyday people including a female boxer, saltwater farmers, a reverse strip-tease artist, marijuana smokers, a cartoonist, and a bartender
Old Mr. Flood by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
8 editions published between 1948 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 295 libraries worldwide
Joe Gould's secret ( visu )
4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 193 libraries worldwide
Joe Mitchell is a top writer at the New Yorker, specializing in profiles of urban eccentrics. But he's never met anyone as fascinating as Joe Gould, a cantankerous, unkempt, yet possibly brilliant street philosopher. When Mitchell decides to profile Gould, he has to decide whether Gould is a fraud or a genius
Chita Rivera, Nancy Dussault, Herschel Bernardi in Bajour original Broadway cast by Walter Marks( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
The missionary pioneer; or, A brief memoir of the life, labors, and death of John Stewart, man of colour by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
The Totness address, versified by Joseph Mitchell( file )
4 editions published in 1727 in English and held by 40 libraries worldwide
Apologies to the Iroquois by Edmund Wilson( Book )
18 editions published between 1959 and 1999 in English and German and held by 32 libraries worldwide
With a study of ' The Mohawks in high steel' by Joseph Mitchell. First publ. 1949
The fatal extravagance by Aaron Hill( file )
3 editions published between 1726 and 1781 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Bajour : a full length musical by Walter Marks( Book )
2 editions published in 1976 in Undetermined and English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
Reminiscences of my life in the Highlands by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
12 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 18 libraries worldwide
Dissertatio medica inauguralis, de hysteria Quam ... pro gradu doctoris ... eruditorum examini subjicit Josephus Mitchell by Joseph Mitchell( file )
4 editions published in 1789 in Latin and held by 17 libraries worldwide
Episcopal elections in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Seven chances by Buster Keaton( visu )
6 editions published between 1925 and 2005 in English and German and held by 16 libraries worldwide
[Seven chances] A romantically jinxed young man must marry by 7 PM to inherit seven million dollars. While fate seems to thwart his efforts to woo the object of his true affection, public announcement of his strange predicament provides him with a throng of would-be brides
A sick-bed soliloquy to an empty purse : in Latin and English verse. ... To which is added A Curse upon punch; in imitation of the third epode of Horace: ... By Mr. Mitchell by Joseph Mitchell( Computer File )
2 editions published between 1735 and 2005 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Mitchell, Joseph
Mitchell, Joseph 1908-
Mitchell Joseph 1908-1996
Mitchell, Joseph Quincy
Mitchell, Joseph Quincy 1908-1996
ミッチェル, ジョゼフ
English (187)
German (10)
Spanish (8)
French (4)
Latin (4)
Italian (3)
Japanese (1)
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