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Writing New York: A Literary Anthology

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Presents a literary portrait of the city of New York through the eyes of more than a hundred writers, from Washington Irving to Oscar Hijuelos.
Paperback, 1032 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Washington Square Press (first published 1998)
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Feb 26, 2010 Brian is currently reading it
An amazing and exhaustive collection of NY stories. I keep checking it out from the library: must buy a copy.
Sep 30, 2015 Sofia rated it really liked it
The pieces in this anthology are quintessential vignettes that illuminate a lot of really impactful and insightful aspects of New York. It's a pretty solid collection, each piece has some sort of significance, whether it be historical, stylistic, or even in the way the text reflects the city and the themes it tries to isolate. A very interesting read!
Dec 28, 2011 Carl rated it it was amazing
The vast city of Manhattan. The vast literature in this book. Ok, I admit. I've read about 3/4 of the book and it is a great collection that charts the evolution of this city. Yes, I will finish it. But there are other books to dip into from cover to cover.
Apr 19, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely looking forward to reading this. The astounding selection of authors shows great range. The ones you'd expect are all there- Fitzgerald, Whitman, Cheever. But there are also awesome and unexpected faces to show up- Celine, Gorky and Helen Keller.
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Dec 16, 2009 Jackie Shea rated it it was amazing
Some of the best New York authors. Great visuals and feelings on living in New York and leaving New York.
Feb 11, 2014 amy marked it as might-read
Since the Lopates have been occupying my mind lately...

Sonal, thanks for having this out on your side table :)
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Phillip Lopate is the author of three personal essay collections, two novels, two poetry collections, a memoir of his teaching experiences, and a collection of his movie criticism. He has edited the following anthologies, and his essays, fiction, poetry, film and architectural criticism have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Paris Review, Harper's, Vogue, ...more
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