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The Bottom Of The Harbor
  • Published: 25 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446444481
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

The Bottom Of The Harbor




After Joe Gould's Secret - 'a miniature masterpiece of a shaggy dog story' (Observer) - here is another collection of stories by Joseph Mitchell, each connected in one way or another with the waterfront of New York City. As William Fiennes wrote in the London Review of Books, 'Mitchell was the laureate of the waters around New York', and in The Bottom of the Harbor he records the lives and practices of the rivermen, with love and understanding and a sharp eye for the eccentric and strange. This is some of the best journalist ever written.

  • Published: 25 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446444481
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Joseph Mitchell

Joseph Mitchell was born near Iona, North Carolina, in 1908, and came to New York City in 1929, when he was twenty-one years old. He eventually found a job as an apprentice crime reporter for The World. He also worked as a reporter and features writer at The Herald Tribune and The World-Telegram before landing at The New Yorker in 1938. "Joe Gould's Secret," which appeared on September 26th 1964, was the last piece Mitchell ever published. He went into work at The New Yorker almost every day for the next thirty-one years and six months but submitted no further writing.

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Praise for The Bottom Of The Harbor

Swift, razor-sharp characterisation, narrative suspense and the sparest, yet most penetrating description.

Evening Standard

The finest staff writer in the history of the New Yorker and one of the greatest journalists America has produced.

Times Literary Supplement

A superb volume of essays.

Sunday Tribune

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