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Mitchell, Joseph 1908-1996

Works: 67 works in 305 publications in 8 languages and 6,438 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Short stories  Silent films  Biography  Comedy films  Short films  Parodies, imitations, etc  Original cast recordings  Romance films 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Composer
Classifications: PS3525.I9714, 813.54
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Up in the old hotel and other stories by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
14 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 1,325 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 )
32 editions published between 1938 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 699 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 )
43 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 641 libraries worldwide
"Jump to: navigation, search Joseph Ferdinand Gould (1889-1957) was an American eccentric, also known as Professor Seagull. Often homeless, he pretended to be the author of the longest book ever written, an Oral History of the Contemporary World (or Oral History of Our Time). He inspired the book Joe Gould's Secret (1965) and its film adaptation (2000), as well as being a character in the 2009 computer game The Blackwell Convergence."--Wikipedia
The bottom of the harbor by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
21 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 567 libraries worldwide
Marine life sketches and some unusual mariners
My ears are bent by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 420 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 )
11 editions published between 1948 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 289 libraries worldwide
Stories of a retired house-wrecking contractor, 93 years old, and determined to live to the age of 115
Chita Rivera, Nancy Dussault, Herschel Bernardi in Bajour : original Broadway cast by Walter Marks( file )
3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 285 libraries worldwide
Joe Gould's secret ( visu )
4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 175 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
The navigator by Buster Keaton( visu )
18 editions published between 1923 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 168 libraries worldwide
[The navigator] Keaton stars as Rollo Treadway, an inexperienced lad of extraordinary wealth, and surprisingly little common sense, who finds himself adrift on an immense 500 ft. yacht. [The boat] A slapstick comedy about the adventures of a land-lubber and his family in their homemade sailboat. [The love nest] Buster sets out to sea, forlorn about a lost love
"Man--with variations" : interviews with Franz Boas and colleagues, 1937 by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
Three ages by Buster Keaton( visu )
11 editions published between 1923 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 49 libraries worldwide
Love and romance are told through the Stone Age, the Roman Age, and the Modern Age
Up in the old hotel : and other stories by Joseph Mitchell( Sound Recording )
4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 49 libraries worldwide
Saloon keepers, street preachers, gypsies, steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady, and a ninety-three-year-old "seafoodetarian" who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two decades are among the people that Joseph Mitchell immortalized in his reportage for the New Yorker and in four books--McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor, and Joe Gould's Secret--that are still renowned for their respectful observation, their graveyard humor, and their offhand perfection of style. These masterpieces (along with several previously uncollected stories) are available in one volume, which presents an indelible collective portrait of an unsuspected New York and its odder citizens--as depicted by one of the great writers of this or any other time
Apologies to the Iroquois by Edmund Wilson( Book )
20 editions published between 1959 and 1999 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
Most of the material in this book appeared in the "New Yorker" in somewhat different form
In het oude hotel by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in Dutch and held by 38 libraries worldwide
Journalistieke reportages uit de periode 1943-1964 met portretten van markante figuren en plaatsen in New York
Up in the old hotel by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
11 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 37 libraries worldwide
The hidden corners of New York and the people who lived there, in the cracks and margins and on the byways and waterways are Joseph Mitchell's subject. Mitchell bottled and preserved more of the soul of New York than anyone before or since. He captured the waterfront rooming-houses, nickel-a-drink saloons, all-night restaurants, street-preachers, fishermen and cops, petty criminals, the maritime life of the city and the eccentrics, bums and bohemians of the Village. Up in the Old Hotel is a collection of pieces written between 1940s-1960s. Mitchell was a reporter who was also a stylist and these beautiful, moving, exhilarating profiles read more like fiction. This is required reading for anyone who wants to hear the lost voices of the city
McSorley's wonderbaarlijke saloon by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in Dutch and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Reportages van een Amerikaanse journalist over het bruisende leven in New York City in de jaren dertig en veertig en zijn ontmoetingen met de meest uiteenlopende, soms criminele, aandoenlijke en bizarre mensen
Bajour : a full length musical by Walter Marks( Book )
1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Zwischen den Flüssen : New Yorker Hafengeschichten by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 14 libraries worldwide
New-York-Reporter aus der größten Stadt der Welt by Joseph Mitchell( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 12 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Joseph Mitchell Amerikaans schrijver (1908-1996)
Joseph Mitchell amerikansk författare
Joseph Mitchell amerikansk skribent
Joseph Mitchell écrivain américain
Joseph Mitchell escriptor estatunidenc
Joseph Mitchell escritor estadounidense
Joseph Mitchell scriitor american
Joseph Mitchell scrittore statunitense
Joseph Mitchell US-amerikanischer Journalist und Schriftsteller
Joseph Mitchell yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija
Mitchell Joseph
Mitchell, Joseph 1908-
Mitchell Joseph 1908-1996
Mitchell, Joseph Quincy
Mitchell, Joseph Quincy 1908-1996
Джозеф Митчелл
מיצ'ל, ג'וזף
جوزف میچل نویسنده آمریکایی
جوزيف ميتشيل كاتب أمريكي
ミッチェル, ジョゼフ
English (218)
German (11)
French (8)
Spanish (7)
Italian (3)
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