From the 1930s to the 1960s, Joseph Mitchell was the voice of New York City through the New Yorker. Readers cherished his intimate sketches of the people who made the city tick, and his literary sensibility and journalistic eye for detail produced a writing style that would inspire New Journalism luminaries such as Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Joan Didion. Then, suddenly, his stories stopped appearing. For thirty years, Mitchell showed up for work but produced nothing. The first full-length biography of Mitchell, Man in Profile pieces together the life of this beloved and enigmatic literary legend and answers the question that has plagued readers and critics for decades: What was Joe Mitchell doing all those years?
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"North Carolina-born Joseph Mitchell, literary lion of THE NEW YORKER magazine, is the subject of an elegant, ambitious, and articulate portrait. Journalist Kunkel explores Mitchell's enigmatic and odd nature along with his interest in colorful New Yorkers. Narrator Joe Barrett's gravelly, expressive voice, which employs subtle characterization, is perfectly matched to the precise and confident prose. This is a thoughtful and sympathetic investigation of a life, seamlessly interweaving Mitchell's youthful, middle, and later years, examining the long periods in which he did not write, only to return to those efforts later with great success. W.A.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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