‘Mitchell bottled and preserved more of the soul of New York than any man before or since; Up in the Old Hotel is required reading for anyone who wants to hear the lost voices of the city’ Tim Adams, Observer
‘The master of a journalistic style long vanished – urbane, lucid, courteous… A masterpiece of observation and storytelling’ Ian McEwan
Mitchell is the laureate of old New York. The hidden corners of the city and the people who lived there are his subject. He captured the waterfront rooming-houses , nickel-a-drink saloons, all-night restaurants, the ‘visionaries, obsessives, imposters, fanatics, lost souls, the end-is-near street preachers, old Gypsy Kings and old Gypsy Queens, and out-and-out freak-show freaks.’ Mitchell’s trademark curiosity, respect and graveyard humour fuel these magical essays.
Written between 1943 and 1965, Up in the Old Hotel is the complete collection of Joseph Mitchell ‘s New Yorker journalism and includes McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr Flood, The Bottom of the Harbour and Joe Gould’s Secret.
‘Joseph Mitchell is buried treasure’ Salman Rushdie