|Author:||Liebling, A. J.|
|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2009|
|Number of Pages:||1057|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.47|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.2 x 1.28 x 8.2|
A. J. Liebling was an urbane and prolific journalist whose style, incorporating first-person narrative, street talk, and exuberant metaphor, became a model for the New Journalism of the 1960's and later. Although he came from a genteel New York family, he was fascinated by the irreverent underworld all his life and made it his special subject. After being expelled from Dartmouth College for refusing to attend chapel, Liebling graduated from Columbia University's Pulitzer School of Journalism in 1925 and then worked for various newspapers, including The New York Times, which fired him, and the New York World, before he found his metier at The New Yorker magazine in 1935. It was there that he developed his signature style and did his best work, writing about a wide range of subjects, from the city's characters to gastronomy to boxing to the London Blitz and the Normandy invasion.
A born raconteur with a fertile imagination, Liebling carved out a territory between objective reporting and fiction, which so many other journalists have mined since. Yet he could also produce straight war reportage fine enough to merit receiving the Legion of Honor from a grateful France in 1952. Starting in 1945, Liebling wrote a widely admired column for The New Yorker called "The Wayward Pressman", in which he criticized American journalism's priorities and performance.
This was probably the first such column in U.S. journalism. During the 1950s and 1960's, he also wrote book reviews for Esquire. Besides his massive newspaper and magazine output, Liebling wrote about 20 books. He was married three times, the last time to the writer Jean Stafford.
For the first time in one volume, Pete Hamill presents five great books that demonstrate A. J. Lieblings extraordinary vitality, humor, and versatility as a writer. Named the best sports book of all time by Sports Illustrated in 2002, The Sweet Science (1956) is a lively and idiosyncratic portrait of boxing in the early 1950s, when Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, and Floyd Patterson ruled the ring.
A classic of political reporting, The Earl of Louisiana (1961) is a vivid account of Governor Earl Longs bid for reelection after his release from a mental asylum in 1959. The Jollity Building (1962) collects hilarious true-life stories of Manhattan night-club promoters, cigar store owners, and scheming Telephone Booth Indians, as well as a portrait of The Honest Rainmaker, the racing columnist and confidence man extraordinaire, Colonel John R. Stingo. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris (1962) is a richly evocative memoir of Lieblings introduction to Paris and its food and wine as a student in the late 1920s. The Press (1964) brings together the best of Lieblings influential and insightful Wayward Press pieces, in which he established himself as the first great media critic. Together with a 2008 companion Library of America volume, World War II?Writings, this is the essential Liebling.
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