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  • Published: 7 September 1993
  • ISBN: 9780679746317
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 736
  • RRP: $29.99

Up in the Old Hotel




Mitchell is the laureate of old New York. This is the complete collection of his magical essays.

The hidden corners of New York and the people who lived there, in the cracks and margins and on the byways and waterways are Joseph Mitchell's subject. Mitchell bottled and preserved more of the soul of New York than anyone before or since. He captured the waterfront rooming-houses , nickel-a-drink saloons, all-night restaurants, street-preachers, fishermen and cops, petty criminals, the maritime life of the city and the eccentrics, bums and bohemians of the Village.

Up in the Old Hotel is a collection of pieces written between 1940s-1960s. Mitchell was a reporter who was also a stylist and these beautiful, moving, exhilarating profiles read more like fiction. This is required reading for anyone who wants to hear the lost voices of the city.

  • Published: 7 September 1993
  • ISBN: 9780679746317
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 736
  • RRP: $29.99

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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