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New York in the 50s

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ISBN 10: 031219935X / ISBN 13: 9780312199357
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Title: New York in the 50s

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New York in the 50s is Dan Wakefield's story of a unique time and place in cultural history, when New York City was a hotbed of free love, hot jazz, radical politics, psychoanalysis, and artistic expression. Wakefield found himself in the middle of a world in which anything was possible, and he writes about the era with the keen eye of a historian and the first-hand knowledge and affection of one who lived through a fabled, fertile era. Wakefield enriches his recollections with the first-hand accounts of his friends and colleagues-Joan Didion, Gay Talese, Allen Ginsberg, William F. Buckley, James Baldwin, and others who made New York in the fifties the legend that still exerts such a powerful influence on American life.

A documentary film based on the book will be shown at film festivals in the United States and abroad during 1999. A CD of the musical score, composed and produced by Steve Allee, has been released by AlleyOop Music Publishing.

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"A precise and moving recreation of a time and a place when the world seemed small and we knew everyone in it." --Joan Didion

"Dan Wakefield...has become the Boswell of the heady days when art and literature had a single flowering in the Village." --Richard Shepard, The New York Times

"It's hard to imagine a remembrance more congenial--so graceful, so immune to grudge, so seasoned throughout with the equally vivid recollections of his friends." --John Leonard, Newsday

"This lovely, brimming book...tells anyone who was not there what it was like." --The Boston Globe

"Wakefield brings it all back: the emotional kick of Mabel Mercer singing 'My Funny Valentine,' the pleasure of finding a new Salinger story." --Scott Donaldson, USA Today

"Dan Wakefield is a master storyteller." --The Los Angeles Times

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