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"When I get through tearing a lobster apart, or one of those tender West Coast octopuses, I feel like I had a drink from the fountain of youth." -- Joseph Mitchell
Joseph Mitchell (July 27, 1908 - May 24, 1996) was an American writer best known for the work he published in The New Yorker. He is known for his carefully written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.

Mitchell was born on his maternal grandparents' farm near Fairmont, North Carolina, the son of Averette Nance and Elizabeth A. Parker Mitchell. The family business was cotton and tobacco trading, and family money helped to support Mitchell throughout his life.

Mitchell's account of Joe Gould's extravagantly disguised case of writer's block, published as Joe Gould's Secret (1964), presaged the last decades of Mitchell's own life. From 1964 until his death in 1996, Mitchell would go to work at his office on a daily basis, but he never published anything significant again. In a remembrance of Mitchell printed in the June 10, 1996, issue of The New Yorker, his colleague Roger Angell wrote: "Each morning, he stepped out of the elevator with a preoccupied air, nodded wordlessly if you were just coming down the hall, and closed himself in his office. He emerged at lunchtime, always wearing his natty brown fedora (in summer, a straw one) and a tan raincoat; an hour and a half later, he reversed the process, again closing the door. Not much typing was heard from within, and people who called on Joe reported that his desktop was empty of everything but paper and pencils. When the end of the day came, he went home. Sometimes, in the evening elevator, I heard him emit a small sigh, but he never complained, never explained."

Perhaps an explanation does emerge, however, in a remark that Mitchell made to Washington Post writer David Streitfeld (quoted here from Newsday, August 27, 1992): "You pick someone so close that, in fact, you are writing about yourself. Joe Gould had to leave home because he didn't fit in, the same way I had to leave home because I didn't fit in. Talking to Joe Gould all those years he became me in a way, if you see what I mean."

Joseph Mitchell served on the board of directors of the Gypsy Lore Society, was one of the founders of the South Street Seaport Museum, was involved with the Friends of Cast-Iron Architecture, and served five years on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. In August 1937, he placed third in a clam-eating tournament on Block Island by eating 84 cherrystone clams. He died of cancer at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan at the age of 87.

In 2008, The Library of America selected Mitchell’s story "Execution" for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American True Crime.

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Total Books: 40
Man-with Variations Interviews with Franz Boas and Colleagues 1937
Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories
2015 - Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781504653565
ISBN-10: 1504653564
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Taking Sides Clashing Views in World History Volume 2 The Modern Era to the Present
Up in the Old Hotel
2012 - Up in the Old Hotel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780099561590
ISBN-10: 009956159X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Annual Editions World History Volume 1 Prehistory to 1500
2011 - Annual Editions World History Volume 1 Prehistory to 1500 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780078050879
ISBN-10: 0078050871
Genre: History
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Annual Editions World History Volume 2 1500 to the Present
2011 - Annual Editions World History Volume 2 1500 to the Present (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780078050978
ISBN-10: 0078050979
Genres: History, Reference
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Taking Sides Clashing Views in World History Volume 1 The Ancient World to the Pre-Modern Era
2011 - Taking Sides Clashing VIews in World History Volume 1 the Ancient World to the Pre-modern Era [Annual Editions] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780078050077
ISBN-10: 0078050073
Genre: History
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Shard Mountain
2010 - Shard Mountain (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781452890487
ISBN-10: 145289048X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Taking Sides Clashing Views in World History Volume 1 Expanded 3/e
2009 - Taking Sides Clashing VIews in World History Volume 1 Expanded 3/e (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780078127588
ISBN-10: 0078127580
Genre: History
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Annual Editions World History Volume 1 Prehistory to 1500 10/e
2009 - Annual Editions World History Volume 1 Prehistory to 1500 10/e (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780078127786
ISBN-10: 0078127785
Genre: History
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Annual Editions World History Volume 2 1500 to the Present 10/e
2009 - Annual Editions World History Volume 2 1500 to the Present 10/e (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780078127793
ISBN-10: 0078127793
Genre: History
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My Ears Are Bent
2008 - My Ears Are Bent (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780375726309
ISBN-10: 0375726306
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The Bottom of the Harbor
2008 - The Bottom of the Harbor (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780375714863
ISBN-10: 0375714863
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Politics & Social Sciences
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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The Missionary Pioneer Or A Brief Memoir Of The Life Labors And Death Of John Stewart Man Of Color
Easy Spanish for Construction
2006 - Easy Spanish for Construction (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781881319054
ISBN-10: 1881319059
Genres: Reference, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Catálogo de libros en español
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Old Mr Flood
2005 - Old Mr Flood (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781596921146
ISBN-10: 1596921145
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Joe Goulds Geheimnis
2002 - Joe Goulds Geheimnis (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783442450138
ISBN-10: 3442450136
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McSorley's Wonderful Saloon
2001 - Mcsorley's Wonderful Saloon (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375421020
ISBN-10: 0375421025
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Joe Gould's Secret
2000 - Joe Gould's Secret [Tie-in Edition - Modern Library] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679603399
ISBN-10: 0679603395
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Taking Sides Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Western Civilization
2000 - Taking Sides Clashing VIews on Controversial Issues in Western Civilization (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780072371550
ISBN-10: 0072371552
Genres: History, Nonfiction
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Decisive Battles of the Civil War
1995 - Decisive Battles of the Civil War (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780345483294
ISBN-10: 0345483294
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