William Corbett takes an expansive look at the ghosts, the landmarks, and the current denizens who make New York City so popular with the literary crowd. Ranging from Paul Auster to Zora Neale Hurston, from the Algonquin Round Table to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, from Edgar Allan Poe to the Beat Generation, Corbett takes us on a dizzying ride through the literary highlights of New York.
Illuminating a city rich in famous writers against a combustible mixture of cultures and commerce, Corbett shows us how New York's multifaceted literary present has emerged from its constantly evolving past. "New York Literary Lights" travels through both time and place to provide an altogether enlightening, entertaining hybrid of history, gossip, and reference book.
About the Author
Poet and memorist William Corbett lives in Boston's South End is Writer in Residence at MIT. He edits poetry for Grand Street. He is the author of Philip Guston's Late Work: A Memoir, New & Selected Poems, Literary New England, and Furthering My Education.
"More than any mere guidebook, New York Literary Lights is an alphabetized collection of thumbnail biographies of writers, bars, buildings, bookstores, and neighborhoods. Reading in it is like taking a leisurely stroll through the history of writing in New York City alongside a brilliant local historian who is as droll and sharp as he is learned."--Russell Banks