Even now, when artists and writers can no longer afford to live there, Greenwich Village remains America’s best-known bohemian neighborhood. Gathered here are excerpts, fragments, and observations that add up to a glittering, constantly changing mosaic of life in the Village. The area attracted writers of every kind, and was home to a succession of movements—the radical left, the beats, the hippies, etc.—all of which are represented here. It seems as if every American author of note spent time there, and Sawyers includes work from O. Henry, Theodore Dreiser, William Dean Howells, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edith Wharton, Sinclair Lewis, and John Updike, as well as expected names like Herbert Huncke, Joyce Johnson, Edmund Wilson, John Reed, and Lionel Trilling.
A charming and nostalgic collection for those with a place in their heart for our own Rive Gauche.