Man In Profile:Joseph Mitchell Of The New Yorker is a real page-turner. If you have heard of Joseph Mitchell and knew of his writings, this most likely filled in some gaps in your knowledge of him. If you did not know anything at all about him like myself, you found a fascinating story of a man with tremendous ambition, work ethic and yet the author brings out numerous issues that Mr. Mitchell faced such as his writer’s block, which hindered his writing for around thirty years.
This biography made me strive to read some of his work such as McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom Of The Harbor, Joe Gould’s Secret, and Up In The Old Hotel, and Other Stories. I get the sense from the author, Thomas Kunkel, that Mr. Mitchell thought the best of people and no person was above another. That may have been brought about by his Christian upbringing in rural North Carolina.
In some biographies and memoirs that I have read, the authors build the subject into some type of superhero. However, here, Mr. Kunkel shows us the true character of Mr. Mitchell, his strengths, and most of all, his struggles. I believe this is what lead me to love this book and to highly recommend it. Mr. Mitchell was shown in a light in which we all can relate, in that we are all messed up in some shape or form, and we must learn to handle it in our own way. This one characteristic of the book makes me relate to Mr. Mitchell and all his cast of characters, which are described brilliantly by the author.
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