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Bringing together a variety of past literary figures as well as emerging talents, this comprehensive book captures the Zeitgeist of the neighborhood through the eyes of its writers. Included are selections from the writings of Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, James Baldwin, James Fenimore Cooper, Tom Wolfe, ...
Bringing together a variety of past literary figures as well as emerging talents, this comprehensive book captures the Zeitgeist of the neighborhood through the eyes of its writers. Included are selections from the writings of Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, James Baldwin, James Fenimore Cooper, Tom Wolfe, Herman Wouk, Theodore Dreiser, Washington Irving, Clifford Odets, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Edgar Allan Poe, Chaim Potok, Kate Simon, Leon Trotsky, and Sholem Aleichem.
Lloyd Ultan and Barbara Unger place the literature of these and other writers in historical context and reproduce one hundred vintage photographs that bring the writings to life. Filtered through the imaginations of authors of different times, ethnic groups, social classes, and literary styles, the borough of The Bronx emerges not only as a shaper of destinies and lives, but as an important literary mecca.
|1||Genesis: The Colonial and Revolutionary Bronx, 1639-1800||1|
|2||Out of Town: The Suburban Bronx, 1800-1898||21|
|3||"Like Country": The Urbanization of The Bronx, 1898-1919||46|
|4||A Step Up: The Bronx in Boom Times, 1919-1929||78|
|5||A Step Left: The Bronx in the Great Depression, 1929-1940||106|
|6||The Bronx Home Front: The War Years, 1936-1950||132|
|7||The Perils of Prosperity: The Bronx in the Postwar Years, 1946-1961||158|
|8||The Urban Crisis: The Bronx in the Years of Change and Unrest, 1961-1980||192|
|9||Devastation: The Bronx Is Burning, 1965-1991||220|
|10||Coping: The Bronx Endures, 1961-1988||240|
|11||The Phoenix: The Bronx Rises from the Ashes, 1975-2000||271|
Posted January 31, 2001
Excellent and well organized historical record of 'Da Bronx'. Ms. Barbara Unger and 'Mr. Bronx' himself, Profesor Lloyd Ultan, deliver many wonderful essays, literary excerpts and pictures, in the forms of snapshots and picture postcards. The source of the material include the works of many famous people including James Baldwin and Secretary of State Colin Powell. This book takes the Jahn's Kitchen Sink. Professor Ultan and Barbara Unger should be proud of their World Series winning effort.
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