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Christopher Morley's New York

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A collection of fifty-five essays, written mostly in the mid-twenties but with some later examples as well, Christopher Morley's New York presents in rich, evocative detail New York at the end of World War I - that heady time after the doughboys returned, the Twenties got roaring, the Volstead Act found itself thwarted, and a lot of progressive life got on with its busines ...more
Hardcover, 379 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Fordham University Press
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Jun 24, 2013 Sketchbook rated it liked it
The Aquitania, Normandie, Queen Mary, Majestic are just a few of the great liners that Morley recalls moored in the Hudson River, adjacent to townhouses, luxury buildings, restaurants, theatres. When I first saw NYC as a teen, there were many thrills : the art deco palace, Radio City Music Hall + the Rockettes, a Cole Porter musical, Picasso's Guernica at MoMA and burgers at P J Clarke's. But nothing topped the 65th fl rooftop view of the Ile de France sliding down the river toward the Atl ...more
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May 29, 2016 Ethan Johnson rated it really liked it
Despite not knowing anything about Christopher Morley (and the book being different from what I expected going into it), I ended up enjoying this read. It's a collection of essays from Morley (a popular writer in the early 1900s) that are all on the topic of New York in one way or another.

I'm not usually a fan of this time period, but Morley writes some very pleasant prose, most of it quaint and lightly humorous. Of course some of it is hard to connect with, the writing being mostly about day t
May 01, 2008 craige rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: New Yorkers or New Yorkophiles
Recommended to craige by: Marty Moore
Shelves: fiction
This was a Christmas present from my mom this year. I read the first essay on the train this morning. What I want to do more than anything right now is go through all the references, look them up online, and find out what they are now, or if they even still exist. Like McQueery's on 35th St. What/where was that exactly? Also, apparently Morley was quite enamoured of Hoboken, namely the Clam Broth House. Too bad that is no longer serving clams. But it does still stand! I know that much.

Such a gr
Dec 22, 2012 RJ rated it it was amazing
Great columns. Up there with Meyer Berger's work in the same vein.
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Sep 13, 2014 David rated it really liked it
"This quaint minuet is redolent with the atmosphere of bygone days."
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Christopher Morley was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania while his father was a mathematics professor at Haverford College. Morley graduated from this same school in 1910 as valedictorian. He then went to New College, Oxford University for three years on a Rhodes Scholarship, studying modern history. Arriving home, he headed out to Garden City to begin his life of letters at Doubleday, where he work ...more
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