Joe Gould's Secret

Joe Gould's Secret

Paperback (03 Oct 2019) | English

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Synopsis

'It's a masterpiece, of course, but more than that it shows that there is some such thing as being a simple observer' Nicci French, Independent

It was 1932 when Joseph Mitchell first came across Joe Gould, a Harvard-educated vagrant of Greenwich Village. Penniless, filthy, scurrilous, charming, thieving, Joe Gould was widely considered a genius. He was working on a book he called an Oral History - the longest book ever written he claimed, formed of recorded conversations set down in exercise books. Of course, when Gould died the great epic was nowhere to be found.

This compelling portrait of a true New York eccentric, a man who embodied the disconnected, delusional nature of real life, was Mitchell's personal enquiry into the agony of writer's block.

Joe Gould's Secret can be found in the longer collection of Mitchell's writing Up in the Old Hotel.

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Vintage Classics has existed since the inception of Vintage and is widely seen as the top twentieth-century classics list in the UK, publishing Graham Greene, Harper Lee, Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf, among others. August 2007 saw the relaunch of the list and Vintage Classics now also publishes the greatest writers from previous centuries, such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and Henry James.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784875619
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 974.7104092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 98g
Height: 198mm
Width: 134mm
Spine width: 8mm