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A Diary of the Century: Tales from America's Greatest Diarist

Ellis, Edward Robb- Introduction By Pete Hamill

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ISBN 10: 1568360800 / ISBN 13: 9781568360805
Published by Kodansha America, Inc, New York, 1995
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1995 As New Book, Fine unclipped jacket ($25.00), First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 578 clean tight unmarked deckled pages, 24 full paged of b/w photos in two sections, book has forest green boards with 1/4 black cloth covered spine, gold lettering on the spine, jacket is green with gold and white lettering, b/w photo of the author on the front jacket cover. Bookseller Inventory # 005117

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Title: A Diary of the Century: Tales from America's...

Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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America's most prolific diarist offers a generous selection from his journals, including reflections on his exchanges with such luminaries as Louis Armstrong and Eleanor Roosevelt and countless ordinary people, and his celebrated stunts as a reporter.

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Retired journalist Ellis (The Epic of New York City) has spent a lifetime annotating his life: his diary, started on a bet in 1927 when he was 17, has earned him inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest in the world. Though an edited version can only skim the surface of what he actually recorded (some 20 million words over 67 years, and still accumulating), the bare bones presentation nevertheless fulfills the goal Ellis set early on: to provide not a record "of world deeds, mighty achievements, conquest" but "the drama of the unfolding life of one individual, day after day after day." Gleefully annotating his own annotations, Ellis provides a gloss on many of the entries that survived the cut from diary to book, obviously seeking to balance highlights from private life (first shave, first kiss, first byline) with choice descriptions of mainly professional encounters with the famous (e.g., Huey Long, Herbert Hoover, e.e. cummings) and the obscure (a failed suicide, two 12-year-olds fishing in a New York City park). Written in plain prose and with the sense that history is peering over his shoulder, Ellis's frank record movingly captures the march of time both outward and inward. Quoting Zola on literature, he describes his diary as "a slice of life seen through a temperament," an apt description for this often surprising and always humane document. Photos.
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