Paging New Jersey: A Literary Guide to the Garden State by James F. Broderick

By James F. Broderick

For 3 hundred years, New Jersey writers, books, and old occasions have assisted in shaping the cultural panorama of the state, and but the nation isn't credited for its a number of contributions to American letters and folklore. Paging New Jersey is simply the publication for these attracted to uncovering a treasure trove of information regarding the backyard State’s key position within the production of U.S. literary and pop culture. James F. Broderick’s targeted examine of the state’s literary and cultural heritage solutions fascinating questions reminiscent of: how writer Peter Benchley received the belief for Jaws; the place Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton; why the Hindenberg exploded over Lakehurst in 1937; and the place to go looking for Captain Kidd’s buried treasure alongside the Jersey Shore. most folks understand that television’s fictional Tony Soprano lives in New Jersey, yet what concerning the state’s different mobsters—the actual "goombahs"? Writers integrated are Peter Benchley, Mary Higgins Clark, James Fenimore Cooper, Stephen Crane, Mary Mapes avert, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Allen Ginsberg, Joyce Kilmer, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Anna Quindlen, Albert Payson Terhune, Walt Whitman, and William Carlos Williams. filled with remark, biographical details, and history—along with steered examining lists— Paging New Jersey is a crash direction in Jerseyana. when you dwell within the country, expatriates, and sure, even those that imagine all New Jersey has to supply is the Turnpike, Broderick’s enticing booklet offers an wonderful examine the backyard State’s wealthy cultural background.

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Van Gogh consciously set about to copy magazine illustrations during the early part of his career and, in a letter to an artist friend, announced his intention to make a career out of producing Nast-like drawings. The world’s foremost collection of Van Gogh works, the Riijksmuseum, also has twenty-one illustrations by Nast: fifteen are from Van Gogh’s personal collection, bound in a special album, which includes Nast’s drawing of Jumbo the elephant, P. T. Barnum’s prize pachyderm and the largest elephant in captivity, and an illustration of a large turkey confronting its executioner before Thanksgiving day.

However, the “Crane” they would have expected to make his mark in the world was Townley Crane, Stephen’s older brother, a writer who maintained an active news service—and a high profile—along the Jersey Shore. Stephen was all but unknown, a cub reporter submitting unsigned dispatches about local gatherings, well-known visitors, or vacation-season gossip to his older brother. It’s not hard to understand how so formidable a talent as Stephen Crane could be eclipsed when one learns how Townley conducted himself; he adopted a public posture that was part Sherlock Holmes, part beach bum.

THE JERSEY CONNECTION Raised in Newark and Paterson and got his start as a newspaper writer in Asbury Park. BORN DIED Stephen Crane Most literary critics believe Stephen Crane wrote his best work in the early part of his career. Some even suggest he spent his last few years in a period of pronounced decline, either vainly striving to repeat his earlier successes or simply doing hack writing for profit. They all seem to agree that little of literary value issued from his pen in his last years, although he was immensely prolific.

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