How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York / Edition 2

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Overview

Jacob Riis's famed 1890 photo-text addressed the problems of tenement housing, immigration, and urban life and work at the beginning of the Progressive era. David Leviatin edited this complete edition of How the Other Half Lives to be as faithful to Riis's original text and photography as possible. Uncropped prints of Riis's original photographs replace the faded halftones and drawings from photographs that were included in the 1890 edition. Related documents added to the second edition include a stenographic report of one of Riis's lantern-slide lectures that demonstrates Riis's melodramatic techniques and the reaction of his audience, and five drawings that reveal the subtle but important ways Riis's photographs were edited when they were reinterpreted as illustrations in the 1890 edition. The book's provocative introduction now addresses Riis's ethnic and racial stereotyping and includes a map of New York's Lower East Side in the 1890s. A new list of illustrations and expanded chronology, questions for consideration, and selected bibliography provide additional support.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312574017
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 9/22/2010
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 370,867
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID LEVIATIN (Ph.D., Harvard) has taught American studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the University of Rhode Island, and Charles University in Prague. In addition to the publication of numerous articles, Leviatin is the author of Prague Spring: Notes and Voices from the New World (1993) and Followers of the Trail: Jewish Working-Class Radicals in America (1989). He is also a freelance photographer whose photos have appeared in several major publications including the New York Times Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
A Note about the Text and Images
List of Map and Illustrations
 
PART ONE. INTRODUCTION: Framing the Poor – The Irresistibility of How the Other Half Lives
     The Flash: Jacob Riis Discovers Light
     The American Scene: The Search for Order
     How the Other Half Looks: Interpreting Riis’s View of Poverty
 
PART TWO.
     How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York
 
PART THREE. RELATED DOCUMENTS
     1. Jacob A. Riis, The Other Half and How They Live: Story in Pictures, November 9, 1891
     2. Six Illustrations from the 1890 Edition of How the Other Half Lives
 
Appendixes
     A Jacob A. Riis Chronology (1849–1923)
     Questions for Consideration
     Selected Bibliography
 
Index

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