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New York Days

Morris, Willie

ISBN 10: 0316584215 / ISBN 13: 9780316584210
Published by Little Brown and Company, Boston, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A superlative memoir and chronicle of the wonderful, tragic, and emotional decade of the 1960s, most of which Willie Morris experienced as the youngest editor-in-chief ever of Harper's, America's oldest magazine. Morris is an evocative and observant chronicler, and he captures so much of that era's turbulence that it is hard to put the book down. His own experiences are dramatic enough -- how his innovations with a venerable magazine found wide favor but didn't make enough money to satisfy the board of directors -- but his trenchant, sobering chronicle of the 60's and the almost endless parade of movers and shakers, celebrities, rebels, politicians, radicals, reformers, and activists of all kinds and more is something to be savored, experienced again, or discovered for the first time in the hands of a first rate writer and observer. An exceptional book. This copy is thoroughly Fine/Fine in every respect. Binding is straight and tight, no marks. First edition stated, number line starts with "1." DJ is unchipped, unclipped ($24.95 price on upper flyleaf), and taut. For those keenly interested in the excitement of New York City in the 1960s, Morris's narrative is invaluable, and an exceptional historical and personal record. Inscribed by Morris on the half title page: "To ------ , Cheers to Night at O'Rear's, and to your success. Fondly, Willie, 1993.". Bookseller Inventory # 140440

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Title: New York Days

Publisher: Little Brown and Company, Boston

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The author describes his years as the youngest-ever editor-in-chief of "Harper's," recounting how he rubbed elbows with the likes of Woody Allen and Robert Kennedy

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In New York Days, the long-awaited sequel to the prize-winning North Toward Home, Willie Morris recalls his triumphant, exciting, and ultimately devastating years as the youngest ever editor-in-chief of Harper's, America's oldest magazine, when he was at the center of the nation's stunning cosmos of writing, publishing, politics, and the arts. It was the 1960s, when New York City was a place "throbbing with possibility" and "in which everyone seemed to know everyone else and where everything of importance seemed to happen first". These were Willie Morris's New York days - with William Styron, David Halberstam, Woody Allen, Bobby Kennedy, Truman Capote, Shirley MacLaine, George Plimpton, Leonard Bernstein, and the other leading figures of the time. For he knew them all: the writers, the poets, the intellectuals, the editors, the actresses, the tycoons, the detectives, the athletes, and not a few fakirs and charlatans. He wined with Sinatra at the Players Club and eavesdropped in the trattorias on the Mob; sat next to DiMaggio in the Garden ringside seats and spent evenings at Elaine's. And during the day, Morris worked to transform Harper's from an uninspired literary magazine to its apex as the groundbreaking political and cultural voice of the '60s, until the editorial rift and the mass resignations of 1971 - possibly the most notable dispute in American publishing history. New York Days is a portrait of an era, but it is also a poignant, deeply personal yet universal story of a man's life: a man who attains everything he has ever hoped for only to realize that what he has sacrificed is even greater. For in the process of reaching the pinnacle of his career, Morris also experiencedprofound loss: the dissolution of his marriage and the breakdown of the magazine as he helped create it. Now, from a vantage point of more than twenty years and a thousand miles, Morris asks his younger self: "Where on earth, fast-moving boy, are you going now?" And what, if anything, did it all mean? Beautifully written with bittersweet lyricism and exuberant humor, New York Days captures the spirit of the '60s: the dazzling parties, the fervent intellectualism, and the sense of slowly decaying idealism as the country plunged deeper into a tragic war and intensifying social chaos. And in the midst of this scene is Willie Morris, exalted, exhilarated, and eventually almost consumed by his brilliant, electric, enervating New York days.

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