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Describe the connection issue. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. Left of the color line : race, radicalism, and twentieth-century literature of the United States. Responsibility edited by Bill V. Mullen and James Smethurst. Physical description p. Online Available online. Full view. Green Library. R32 L44 Unknown. More options.

Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary A collection of 15 essays exploring the impact of the organized Left and Leftist theory on American literature and culture from the s to the end of the century. Individual essays address the Left in relation to the work of such key figures as Ralph Ellison, T. Eliot and Chester Himes. Race in literature. In The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of Nearly Years of New York City's History, Homberger pays tribute to his urban obsession with colorful pictures, detailed maps, and informative text highlighting some of the city's most important historical periods and attributes.

Homberger also includes short biographies of some prominent figures associated with the city. Some reviewers, however, felt that Homberger's coverage of such a large topic was not expansive enough to warrant the book a true atlas.

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A Booklist reviewer called the book "an informative and visually attractive introduction to the history of the city," but pointed out that it "is quite selective in its coverage and has limited value compared with more comprehensive guides to the city. In a review published on the New York Accommodation Web site, however, Stephanie Gold expressed an opposing opinion, stating that "Eric Homberger's The Historical Atlas of New York City shows what can be achieved within a very narrow frame of discussion.

After a thorough historical background, Homberger delves into the lives of four prominent New York figures: Dr. Smith was the founder of the Metropolitan Health Board and almost solely responsible for establishing a health code to rid the city of its filthy infestations and disease-ridden conditions.

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Equally commendable was Olmstead, the forthright creator of Central Park , who achieved what was thought to be impossible on limited funds—without stealing a cent. The most formidable figure in this work is Connolly, the city's most notoriously corrupt comptroller who fled to Europe with almost six million dollars of New York citizens' money.

Madame Restell is the most tragic figure of the book. Madame Restell committed suicide after serving a jail sentence for running an illegal abortion clinic for the elite out of her upper-East-side mansion. August Heckscher wrote in the New Leader that Homberger "has the virtue of never treating anything black and white," but pointed out that "this leaves everything gray," and that "in elaborating his theme, he winds back and forth.

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In Mrs. Astor's New York: Money and Social Power in a Gilded Age, Homberger digs deeper into the hypocrisy of New York's historical aristocracy to unearth its central figure from the lates to the early s: Mrs. Homberger presents this social figure, without bias, as the epitome of refined and cultured people of this time. But in doing so, the author reveals some of the dredges of social refinement that are not often discussed in the historical novels that have so familiarized today's readers with this time period.

Homberger provides the details of the young New York's social milieu, playing it against the poverty of the rest of the city and its valiant struggle to establish itself as a metropolis. He presents each rung of the social ladder as laden with sharp and treacherous objects that the young ladies of this time perilously stepped on to move toward social acceptance and away from poverty and social rejection. Money did not guarantee a ticket into Mrs.

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Astor's exclusive society, for one had to behave properly as well, conforming to every nuance of social grace and acceptability, many of which were often painful and degrading. Homberger shows readers how those who traversed this course and made it through were reveled in the same light as modern-day celebrities, and those who did not were not thought of again. Critics praised Homberger's Mrs. Astor's New York. Astor's New York is "solidly researched" and "a book of sophisticated scholarship that also makes for entertaining reading. Homberger once told CA: "Living in England since has enabled me to confront the historical experience of my family as emigrants, within living memory, from Europe and of America itself. It has been hard to wave the flag; and I haven't really tried to do so.