By Christopher Morley, Walter Jack Duncan
A suite of fifty-five essays, written as a rule within the mid-twenties yet with a few later examples to boot, Christopher Morley's big apple provides in wealthy, evocative aspect big apple on the finish of worldwide struggle I - that heady time after the doughboys lower back, the Twenties obtained roaring, the Volstead Act came across itself thwarted, and many innovative lifestyles acquired on with its enterprise ahead of operating into the wall of the good melancholy. within the first component of the e-book, East facet, West part, all over the city, we event big apple simply as Morley did: via its bookstores, eating places, taverns, waterfronts, and different locales that lent town its targeted, rough-and-tumble personality. yet we are additionally handled to a bright photograph of Christopher Morley himself, relatively within the subsequent part, the 3 Hours for Lunch membership, during which Morley's gusto in foodstuff, drink, companionship, dialog, and normal bonhomie is it seems that obvious. eventually, within the final part, we adventure one other, suburban manhattan: Roslyn, manhattan, the place for years Morley lived along with his spouse and relations. Contrasted with the vulgar great thing about town, the ordinary attractiveness Morley encountered on ny is especially affecting. This beautiful quantity is more suitable through the evocative interval illustrations of Walter Jack Duncan, who illustrated such a lot of Morley first variations.
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Social life and customs. Page i Christopher Morley's New York Page ii I had a queer thought the other day, that the two subjects most worth thinking about, for me, are Shakespeare and New York City. Internal Revenue Page iii Christopher Morley's New York Illustrated by Walter Jack Duncan FORDHAM UNIVERSITY PRESS NEW YORK Page iv © Copyright 1988 by the Estate of Christopher Morley The special contents of this edition are � Copyright 1988 by Fordham University All rights reserved LC 88-81015 ISBN 0-8232-1214-9 Printed in the United States of America Page v But who will write me the book about New York that I desire?
A packet of cigarettes is another curtain-raiser for an adventure. On other days publishers' readers smoke pipes, but on Saturdays cigarettes are possible. " "Two minestrone, two prime ribs, ice cream and coffee. " That is the formula. We have eaten the "old reliable Moretti lunch" so often that the routine has become a ritual. Oh, excellent savor of the Moretti basement! Compounded of warmth, a pungent pourri of smells, and the jangle of thick china, how diverting it is! The franc-tireur in charge of the wine-bin watches us complaisantly from his counter where he sits flanked by flasks of Hoboken chianti and a case of brittle cigars.
The wanderer who passes up the short channel of our street, from the docks to St. Paul's churchyard, must not be misled by the character of the books the bibliothecaries display in their windows. Outwardly they lure the public by Bob Ingersoll's lectures, Napoleon's Dream Book, efficiency encyclopædias and those odd and highly coloured small brochures of Page 16 smoking-car tales of the Slow Train Through Arkansaw type. But once you penetrate, you may find quarry of a more stimulating kind. ) by the railing of St.