Joe Gould's Secret

Mitchell, Joseph

Published by Vintage Books / Random House, 1999
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ISBN: 0-375-70804-9, Minor creasing to the spine with a small dent in the rear hinge middle. Text is clean. ''Joe Gould was an odd and penniless and unemployable little man who came to the city in 1916 and ducked and dodged and held on as hard as he could for over thirty-five years.' So begins [this] profile of Greenwich Village bohemian and flophouse denizen, Joseph Ferdinand Gould. At the time Mitchell met him, Gould, a Harvard-educated member of one of the oldest families in Massachusetts, was writing the longest book in the world - about a dozen times as long as the Bible, according to Gould - entitled, 'An Oral History of Our Time.' It is Mitchell's quest for the Oral History, handwritten by Gould in stained and spattered notebooks, that is at the heart of this fascinating investigation.' 186 pages. Bookseller Inventory #

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Joseph Mitchell was a legendary New Yorker writer and the author of the national bestseller Up in the Old Hotel, in which these two pieces appeared. What Joseph Mitchell wrote about, principally, was New York. In Joe Gould, Mitchell found the perfect subject. And Joe Gould's Secret has become a legendary piece of New York history.

Joe Gould may have been the quintessential Greenwich Village bohemian. In 1916, he left behind patrician roots for a scrappy, hand-to-mouth existence: he wore ragtag clothes, slept in Bowery flophouses, and mooched food, drinks, and money off of friends and strangers. Thus he was able to devote his energies to writing "An Oral History of Our Time," which Gould said would constitute "the informal history of the shirt-sleeved multitude." But when Joe Gould died in 1957, the manuscript could not be found. Where had he hidden it? This is Joe Gould's Secret.

 

"[Mitchell is] one of our finest journalists."--Dawn Powell, The Washington Post

 

"What people say is history--Joe Gould was right about that--and history, when recorded by Mitchell, is literature."--The New Criterion

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Joseph Mitchell was a legendary New Yorker writer and the author of the national bestseller Up in the Old Hotel, in which these two pieces appeared. What Joseph Mitchell wrote about, principally, was New York. In Joe Gould, Mitchell found the perfect subject. And Joe Gould's Secret has become a legendary piece of New York history.
Joe Gould may have been the quintessential Greenwich Village bohemian. In 1916, he left behind patrician roots for a scrappy, hand-to-mouth existence: he wore ragtag clothes, slept in Bowery flophouses, and mooched food, drinks, and money off of friends and strangers. Thus he was able to devote his energies to writing "An Oral History of Our Time," which Gould said would constitute "the informal history of the shirt-sleeved multitude." But when Joe Gould died in 1957, the manuscript could not be found. Where had he hidden it? This is Joe Gould's Secret.
"[Mitchell is] one of our finest journalists."--Dawn Powell, "The Washington Post
"What people say is history--Joe Gould was right about that-- and history, when recorded by Mitchell, is literature."--"The New Criterion

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Title: Joe Gould's Secret
Publisher: Vintage Books / Random House
Publication Date: 1999
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