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Life at the Dakota is a deliciously entertaining social history that describes the lives of the rich and trendy who have lived at the Dakota - a New York apartment house daringly erected in 1884, "too far up" and on the wrong side of town. This story has the fabulous characters, sharp insights, and captivating anecdotes of Stephen Birmingham's earlier works, and the atmosphere of the elegant Dakota is so powerful that the building itself becomes an unforgettable major character. The Gustav Schirmers were among the early tenants. Others such as Boris Karloff, Judy Holliday, Leonard Bernstein, and and Lauren Bacall would follow. In this edition the author has included an afterword on John Lennon's murder at the Dakota.
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Stephen Birmingham is a preeminent social historian, known for his books The Right People, Real Lace, and The Grandees. He allows his reader unparalleled access to the most exclusive society sets, and tells their stories with great warmth and wit.Review:
A wonderful history of New York manners and newsmakers...as seen from the ornate battlements of [the Dakota]. (The New York Review Of Books)
Readers can revel in vivid description and the satisfying characters that fill these pages. (Publishers Weekly)
Entertaining and well-written. . . . Recommended. (Library Journal)
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Book Description Syracuse University Press, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11081560338X
Book Description Syracuse University Press, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB081560338X