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Bronx Accent: A Literary and Pictorial History of the Borough written by Lloyd Ultan

 

Bronx Accent: A Literary and Pictorial History of the Borough written by Lloyd Ultan

Overview:

While The Bronx is presently undergoing a renaissance, a mention of this borough often conjures up "Fort-Apache-the-Bronx" images of urban blight and crime. Yet for the last three hundred years, and through all its various social and economic transformations, The Bronx has been a major literary center that many prominent writers have called home.

This comprehensive book captures the Zeitgeist of The Bronx through the eyes of its writers -- both past literary figures and emerging talents. Lloyd Ultan and Barbara Unger place this literature in its historical context and reproduce here one hundred vintage photographs and postcard views that bring the writings to life. The resulting book provides the reader with insights into the kaleidoscopic shifts in Bronx life over the centuries. Filtered through the imaginations of authors of different times, ethnic groups, social classes, and literary styles, the borough of The Bronx emerges not only as a shaper of destinies and lives, but as an important literary mecca.

Synopsis:

While The Bronx is presently undergoing a renaissance, a mention of this borough often conjures up "Fort-Apache-the-Bronx" images of urban blight and crime. Yet for the last three hundred years, and through all its various social and economic transformations/ The Bronx has been a major literary center that many prominent writers have called home.This comprehensive book captures the Zeitgeist of The Bronx through the eyes of its writers-both past literary figures and emerging talents. Lloyd Ultan and Barbara Unger place this literature in its historical context and reproduce here one hundred vintage photographs and postcard views that bring the writings to life. The resulting book provides the reader with insights into the kaleidoscopic shifts in Bronx life over the centuries. Filtered through the imaginations of authors of different times, ethnic groups, social classes, and literary styles, the borough of The Bronx emerges not only as a shaper of destinies and lives, but as an important literary mecca.

"I am living out of town about 13 miles/ at a village called Fordham, on the railroad leading north. We are in a snug little cottage, keeping house, and would be very comfortable, but that I have been for a long time dreadfully ill. ... I am done with drink-depend upon that. . . . When you write/ address simply 'New-York-City.'There is no Post Office at Fordham."-EDGAR ALLAN POE, from a letter excerpted in Bronx Accent: A Literary and Pictorial History of the Borough.

Some writers included in Bronx Accent:
Sholem Aleichem
James Baldwin
James Fenimore Cooper
Theodore Dreiser
Washington Irving
Jack Kerouac
Clifford Odets
Cynthia Ozick
Grace Paley
Edgar Allan Poe
Chaim Potok
Kate Simon
Leon Trotsky
Mark Twain
Tom Wolfe
Herman Wouk

Booknews

Official Bronx Borough Historian Ultan (history, Fairleigh Dickinson U.) and poet Unger (English, Rockland Community College) assemble excerpts from known and unknown writers, and black-and-white photographs, to chronicle the history of New York City's northernmost borough from the middle of the 17th century to the present. The material is presented according to the period the writer is discussing rather than by publication date. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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