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Joseph Mitchell, Master of the “Has-Been” Profile

Joseph Mitchell’s fascinating and delightful mid-century reporting — for the long-defunct Morning World, Herald Tribune, and World-Telegram newspapers, and, finally, for The New Yorker — has us yearning for his saltier, scrappier New York. Mitchell’s forte was in shadowing marginal characters (“…the would-bes and the never-wills and the God-knows-whats,” in the words of one profile subject Joe Gould) and expanding on their obsessions (whiskey, clam digging) at length, a format captured in these Random House reissues of three of his greatest works.


Joseph Mitchell



Various reissues

Out now

$13.95-$23