Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life Book Review

Where an author lives often plays a role in their perspective and their work.

Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life, by Evan Hughes, was published in 2011. It tells the story of the history of Brooklyn via her writers from the late 19th century until the modern era.

He delves into the writing, the lives, and the neighborhoods of noted authors such as Walt Whitman, Arthur Miller, Truman Capote, Jennifer Egan, and Richard Wright. Each author, in their own way, use Brooklyn and their experience in the borough as a backdrop for their work and their character’s point of view.

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I enjoyed this book. Though it could be seen as a little niche, it could also be seen as both a history book and a series of vignettes about respected writers. As a native Brooklynite, I enjoyed learning about the subjects and how their non-writing life influenced the works they would become known for.

My only complaint was that I wish that Hughes would have included more female writers.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life is available wherever books are sold.

Throwback Thursday-Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a mysterious member of the opposite sex (or the same-sex if you are gay) will always hold a certain amount of appeal.

In the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) has moved into an apartment building in New York City. He is intrigued by his neighbor, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), whose seems to be two different people. She is social, sophisticated and sexy when hosting or attending parties, but when they are alone, she reveals, a sweeter, slightly neurotic side to herself.

Based on a book by Truman Capote, this movie is a classic in every sense of the word. It is an uncomplicated, compelling tale which in both book and film format, has lasted many years. And it also helps that Audrey Hepburn’s wardrobe in the film is iconic and is still replicated today. My only complaint is that the lone Asian character, as played by Mickey Rooney is a stereotype that is too easy to laugh at.

I recommend it.

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