Joseph Mitchell

A Reader's and Writer's Guide

by Raymond J. Rundus



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/28/2003

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 134
ISBN : 9780595658428
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 134
ISBN : 9780595748600
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 134
ISBN : 9780595287390

About the Book

Readers of Joseph Mitchell: A Reader's and Writer's Guide will be introduced to the paradox of an archetypal Southern agrarian gentleman who against all odds also became a citizen of the world. When he first visited the Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan, he discovered the urban equivalent of the Fairmont Border Belt tobacco market, in which the Mitchell family had a vested interest. His favorite writers were James Joyce and Mark Twain, and those who know the work of these two writers will, upon reading McSorley's Wonderful Saloon or The Bottom of the Harbor, immediately seize upon the similarities while also marveling at the distinctive brilliance of Mitchell's prose style.

The anthology of his last four books, Up in the Old Hotel (1992), was met with universal acclaim and was selected by Time as the second most significant nonfiction publication of that year. His most daunting book, Joe Gould's Secret, has been translated into a number of languages and was made into a well-received movie in 2000.

About the Author

Raymond Rundus, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, has published widely in a variety of venues and a variety of modes: from newspaper editorials to criticism in Shakespeare Quarterly. He has been researching and writing about Joseph Mitchell for over a decade.