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A New York life : of friends and others
Gill, Brendan, 1914-1997.
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Publication Information:
New York : Poseidon Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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F128.25 .G55 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
F128.25 .G55 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
F128.25 .G55 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Brendan Gill is perhaps best known as the witty and urbane author of the New Yorker magazine's "Talk of the Town" column. Born on October 4, 1914 in Hartford, Conn., Gill graduated from Yale University in 1936 and immediately went to work for The New Yorker as a film and art critic. It was at the magazine that Gill was able to rub elbows with celebrities such as Cole Porter and Tallulah Bankhead, both of whom later became subjects of Gill's biographies.

Gill's own memoir, Here at the New Yorker, is filled with reminiscence, humorous anecdotes, and the unforgettable cartoons that have made the magazine famous. Gill also wrote fiction and short stories, and his style is reflected in books such as Death in April, Other Poems and The Trouble of One House, for which he won a National Book Award in 1951

Brendan Gill died on December 27, 1997.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ranging in length from three pages (a piece on Padraic Colum) to 22 (Georges Simenon), these 41 genial articles elegantly recall 45 friends and acquaintances of New Yorker staff writer Gill. An Irish Catholic, he writes with wit and charm of Brendan Behan, Philip Barry, Eugene O'Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John O'Hara, and equally appreciatively of Al Hirschfeld, Edgar Kaufmann Jr., Louise Nevelson, Dorothy Parker, Man Ray and Ben Sonnenberg. Gill's diverse circle encompasses as well architects William Adams Delano and Wallace K. Harrison, photographers Walker Evans and Andre Kertesz, comedians Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, writers Joseph Alsop, Maxwell Anderson, John Betjeman and Alec Waugh, impresario Ellen Stewart, grand dame Eleanor Roosevelt. Also included is Gill's notorious New Yorker piece about Joseph Campbell's anti-Semitism and championing of right-wing anti-humanitarianism. Drawings not seen by PW. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This amusing and intelligent volume of reminiscences offers a personal look at some of the 20th century's most successful writers, artists, and architects. Gill, a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of several books, has been present on the New York art scene for decades and seems to have known nearly every important artist or intellectual who lived or visited there, from Joseph Alsop to Louise Nevelson. In this collection of 45 vignettes, Gill is frank and witty, yet sometimes critical, such as when he accuses Joseph Campbell of having bigoted and ultra-conservative views. This book provides entertaining reading for those wishing an intimate, backstage glimpse of Gill's famous friends and acquaintances. Recommended for general audiences.--Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.