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Published: 01 December 2014

272 Pages

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9780823263158

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Walking New York

Reflections of American Writers from Walt Whitman to Teju Cole

Stephen Miller

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • In this book New York City is seen through the eyes of several British writers and twelve American writers: Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, William Dean Howells, Jacob Riis, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, James Weldon Johnson, Alfred Kazin, Elizabeth Hardwick, Colson Whitehead, and Teju Cole.
  • Fort the most part, the writers focus on Manhattan. Only Whitman and Kazin write about walks in other boroughs Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Several writers discuss issues that New Yorkers still grapple with today, especially immigration and the effects of commerce, but this book is not about issues. It is about how twelve writers tried to "do" New York in non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. In August 1902 Henry James wrote to Edith Wharton: "DO NEW YORK! The 1st-hand account is precious."
  • Many writers talk about the pleasures of walking in New York, but the writers Miller discusses often were irritated, disturbed, and occasionally shocked by what they saw on their walks.