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Here Is New York Unknown Binding – 1949


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Harper and Brothers publishers (1949)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001P8SGZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By misterbee64@hotmail.com on 24 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this some months after my first visit to the city, which I thought was wonderful. Already a fan of his contemporaries such as Robert Benchley and Ring Lardner I knew this was going to be special. It was and then some. Short in length, the prose and descriptions within the book are perhaps some of the most understated and lyrical I've ever read. Why doesn't anyone write like they did anymore? Because that type of world isn't there anymore is perhaps the answer.
Wonderful - it's in a beautiful little hardback format too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a very elegantly presented essay. E.B. White has an effective and charming style of writing. The subject of the essay, New York City, is interesting and White captures the city's elusive and ambiguous qualities well. It is a city in which many great works of fiction have been set and it is a city where many great writers have lived and worked. It is fitting that White has produced this timeless 'character study' of the city.
One word of caution: this is really just a hardbound essay. It can be read very quickly. Some readers may feel that though the content is of a high quality, there is far too little of it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
No one could say, "I Love New York," better than E.B. White did in this slim volume of stylish, moving caresses for her lovely, loving face. To each of us, though, New York shows a different face. E.B. White has captured the universal elements of that face in his perceptive observations about what you have noticed and felt about New York, but never shared with anyone.
I have many relatives and friends in New York City who are over 75 and have told me many wonderful stories about the late 40s there. Imagine my delight when I discovered that E.B. White had written this magnificent 7,500 word essay about his experiences in the city during the summer of 1948! I have the perfect gift now to help these warm-hearted people happily relive their more youthful days. And those who love New York, regardless of their age, will love this book, as well. So I will need to buy and give many copies of this book.
The book begins with a new introduction by Roger Angell, who is E.B. White's stepson. Mr. Angell was an editor at Holiday who helped arrange for this assignment for Mr. White. Mr. White had gone to live permanently in Maine by this time, so coming to New York was a travel assignment. You may recall that Mr. White had done a stint at The New Yorker during World War II that had brought him to Manhattan, so it was also a homecoming. Mr. Angell points out that many of the scenes described in the essay are now gone, something that Mr. White also pointed out in his introduction to the essay in 1949. In addition, many of Mr. White's complaints would be even more vociferous if uttered today. But one aspect of the work is unchanging, "Like most of us, he wanted it [New York City of an earlier time] back again, back the way it was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Gaule on 8 Dec 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A short homily to New York it puts into words all that you can imagine New York to be. I cant wait to visit and see for myself although I hope I don't end up as one of the tourists he speaks of in the book. If you have been there you'll love it, its unbiased, if you have not you'll love it, its full of hopes and dreams.
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