Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Up in the Old Hotel
Joseph Mitchell


Mitchell is the laureate of old New York. The hidden corners of the city and the people who lived there are his subject. He captured the waterfront rooming-houses , nickel-a-drink saloons, all-night restaurants, the “visionaries, obsessives, imposters, fanatics, lost souls, the end-is-near street preachers, old Gypsy Kings and old Gypsy Queens, and out-and-out freak-show freaks.” Mitchell’s trademark curiosity, respect and graveyard humour fuel these magical essays. Written between 1943 and 1965, Up in the Old Hotel is the complete collection of Joseph Mitchell ‘s New Yorker journalism and includes ‘McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon’, ‘Old Mr Flood’, ‘The Bottom of the Harbour’ and ‘Joe Gould’s Secret’.

Paperback, 736pp
Vintage Classics, 2012 (1992)
ISBN 9780099561590