The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal (P.S.)
For more than half a century, the red leather diary languished inside a steamer trunk. Rescued from a Dumpster on Manhattan's Upper West Side, it found its way to Lily Koppel, a young writer, who opened its tarnished brass lock and journeyed into an enthralling past. The diary painted a breathtaking portrait of a bygone New Yorkâ”of glamorous nights at El Morocco and eleg...more
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According to the US Department of Census the average age of a woman for marriage was around 21 during both the 20's and 30's. I think Florence was an exception in almost every area of life.(less)
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The diary's author is a nonagenarian named Florence Howitt nee Wolfson. I find the 14-19 year old Florence to be a sophisticated woman for her time. Not only did she receive a bachelors from Hunter College and a masters from Barnard during ...more
So far this book is an inspiration of living life to its fullest. Not because this teenager is necessarily more wonderful than any other human being whose footsteps have fallen on this earth; but because you can read it and look at it from afar, and touch its edges of life lived; as if it's in a snow globe or behind a fog of time. You read and you know that there is a 90 year old woman sitting beside you, fingers outstretched, touching the same edge as you are, stirring ...more
I was intrigued by all the treasures that were found in the steamer trunks, and this journal added a "voice" to the other treasures.
I loved the photos that were included in the book, and all the historical information on Manhattan.
How wonderful for Florence, who had such a passion for literature in her school/college years, to now have a sto ...more
Lily Koppel was a young (age 22) writer working at the New York Times when she stumbled upon a dumpster filled with old steamer trunks. Her curiosity piqued, she started scavenging and among the vintage clothing, handbags and general miscellanea she came across an old red leather diary, its cover cracked and peeling. It had originally been given to Florence Wolfson for her 14th birthday – Aug 11, 1929, and Florence dutifully wrote i ...more
Lily Koppel was a gossip columnist for the New York Times when she found the red leather diary in a dumpster outside her building. She decided to track down the owner, who miraculously was 90 years old and still alive.
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The owner of the diary, Florence Wolfson, grew up among the Manhattan elite in the '20s and '30s. For Florence, life was all about art, plays, music, literature, and sexual experimentation with both men and w ...more
What a life she had! Her teenage life in the 1930s was leaps and bounds more adventurous than my experiences in the 1980s.
Florence sometimes comes off as a little vain and self-absorbed, but, hey, it's a diary: it's supposed to be self ...more
I didn't like so much the presentation by Lily Koppel.Her framing of the pages seemed kind of dry.
Still recommended for a glimpse at life in NYC from diary entries that are really stunning. Florence is a smart lady with an amazingly intersting life.
And it makes me wish I'd kept a diary...
Finished! What a disappointment. This book, like "Triangle," had so much promise and just failed to deliver. The premise, that a diary was found in a modern day dumpster, chronicling the life of a young girl coming of age in the late 1920s/early 30s in New York, was excellent. Unfortunately, author Lily Koppel's writing was just lame. Unimaginative and choppy, she types in Florence's journal entries, but nothing more. She just never creates a world or character to captivate the reader.
The only ...more
The story-telling vehicle for this book is an tattered old red leather diary found by the author in a dumpster behind her New York apartment buil ...more
Lily Koppel has done a magnificent job relating the story of Frances Wolfson to the reader, taking the intimate, personal notes of a private journal, and expanding on them through research.
And what a wonderful life, Frances Wolfson lives! The detail and intimacy, shared by a young teen who certainly never expects anyone to invade, is delightful. So many artistic types, male and female, can relate to so much of the anguish and longing for art a ...more
I do have to admit I have a thing for diaries full of letters, photos and the like and this niche of a book satisfies many of my desires that I want within the pages of a life in print.
As Koppel read the diary she became intrigued with the life of t ...more
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