Christopher Morley's New York by Christopher MorleyChristopher Morley's New York by Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley's New York

byChristopher MorleyIllustratorWalter Jack Duncan, Walter J. Duncan

Hardcover | January 1, 1988

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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 VolsteadAct found itself thwarted, and a lot of progressive life got on with its business before running into the wall of the Great Depression. In the first section of the book, East Side, West Side, All Around the Town, we experience New York just as Morley did: through its bookstores, restaurants, taverns, waterfronts, and other locales that lent the city its unique, rough-and-tumble character. But we're also treated to a vivid picture ofChristopher Morley himself, particularly in the next section, The Three Hours for Lunch Club, in which Morley's gusto in food, drink, companionship, conversation, and general bonhomie is plainly evident. Finally, in the last section, we experience another, suburban New York: Roslyn, Long Island,where for years Morley lived with his wife and family. Contrasted with the vulgar beauty of the city, the natural splendor Morley encountered on Long Island is particularly affecting. This attractive volume is enhanced by the evocative period illustrations of Walter Jack Duncan, who illustrated so many Morley first editions.
Christopher Morley (May 5, 1890 - March 28, 1957) was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet. He also produced stage productions for a few years and gave college lectures.
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Title:Christopher Morley's New YorkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:379 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0 inPublished:January 1, 1988Publisher:Fordham University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823212149

ISBN - 13:9780823212149

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Christopher Morley was, for countless readers, the American man of letters of his generation. Whether they appeared as newspaper and magazine columns, literary essays, novels, or plays, his writings were eagerly awaited.

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"...a vivid, even racy picture of a vanished phase of the city's life..."