Monday, May 21, 2007

Trouble in Gotham

Sad times for the New York City's famous Gotham Book Mart. The guts of the Manhattan literary landmark are being auctioned by the City Marshals tomorrow and it is a sorry day.

Gotham Book Mart was founded by a local gal, Frances Steloff, born into poverty during the boom years in the local resort town of Saratoga Springs. She found her way to New York City and West 47th Street in particular, where she established the bookstore and helped cultivate the bookish careers of James Joyce, John Updike, Robert Crumb, Anais Nin, D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, e.e. cummings, and my fave, Edward Gorey. For more information, check out Fine Books and Collections excellent book blog.

A recommended read about the Gotham Book Mart in its more glorious days: W.G. Rogers' "Wise Men Fish Here: The Story of Frances Steloff and the Gotham Book Mart" (Tarrytown, NY: Booksellers Publishing, 1984).

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