Bronx accent : a literary and pictorial history of the borough /

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Imprint:New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2000.
Description:xiv, 311 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Subject:American literature -- New York (State) -- New York.
American literature.
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Literary collections.
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- History.
New York (State) -- New York.
New York (State) -- New York -- Bronx.
Illustrated works.
Literary collections.
Pictorial works.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Ultan, Lloyd.
Unger, Barbara, 1932-
ISBN:0813528631 (cloth : acid-free paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Booklist Review

Ultan and Unger chronicle the rise, fall, and rebirth of New York City's northernmost borough in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by people who live or lived in the Bronx, or who simply chose to write about it. While the prose, of course, is excerpted most of the poems are presented in their entirety. Taken together, the pieces, with additional, explanatory text by the authors, give a good narrative ranging from the Bronx's colonial period through the various waves of immigration and consolidation with Manhattan and the other boroughs. What's more, you get a good sense of how the many destructive forces converged to wreck the area, and how the people's stubborn spirit would not let all of their beloved neighborhoods turn to wasteland. Edgar Allan Poe, Sholom Aleichem, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, James Baldwin, and E. L. Doctorow are just a few of the writers represented in this book. As the subtitles declares, it's also a pictorial history, and the majority of the 97 black-and-white illustrations give you a good idea of what the Bronx looked like way back in its heyday. --Frank Caso

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