The Village by John Strausbaugh
400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village

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How rare and refreshing it is to find a chronicler who can remain dry-eyed and funny while describing the Village’s transformation from laboratory for change to “Sex and the City” tour stop.
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Cultural commentator John Strausbaugh's The Village is the first complete history of Greenwich Village, the prodigiously influential and infamous New York City neighborhood.
 
From the Dutch settlers and Washington Square patricians, to the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and Prohibition-era speakeasies; from Abstract Expressionism and beatniks, to Stonewall and AIDS, the connecting narratives of The Village tell the story of America itself.
 
Illustrated with historic black-and-white photographs, The Village features lively, well-researched profiles of many of the people who made Greenwich Village famous, including Thomas Paine, Walt Whitman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mark Twain, Margaret Sanger, Eugene O’Neill, Marcel Duchamp, Upton Sinclair, Willa Cather, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Jackson Pollock, Anais Nin, Edward Albee, Charlie Parker, W. H. Auden, Woody Guthrie, James Baldwin, Maurice Sendak, E. E. Cummings, and Bob Dylan.

 

About John Strausbaugh

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John Strausbaugh is a journalist and a cultural commentator based in New York City and one-time host of the New York Times' Weekend Explorer Series.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Ecco. 643 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Ada Calhoun on May 31 2013

How rare and refreshing it is to find a chronicler who can remain dry-eyed and funny while describing the Village’s transformation from laboratory for change to “Sex and the City” tour stop.

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Below average
Reviewed by Henry Allen on Apr 12 2013

You might wish that Mr. Strausbaugh had provided more analysis of all the zeitgeists and ideologies...

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Larry Smith on Apr 07 2013

The Village is a huge cultural saga worth having and keeping, unforgettable as a reminder of who we have been and still are.

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