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Joseph Mitchell

Joseph MitchellBorn: 27-Jul-1908
Birthplace: Fairmont, NC
Died: 24-May-1996
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The New Yorker

Author of many humorous sketches of New York City eccentrics in The New Yorker from 1938 until 1964. He wrote nothing important in the last thirty years of his life, though dutifully went to work every day and sat in his nearly-empty office. His last significant work, Joe Gould's Secret, is a story of writer's block.

Father: Averette Nance Mitchell
Mother: Elizabeth A. Parker
Wife: Therese Dagny Engelstead Jacobsen (photographer, m. 1931, d. 1980, two daughters)
Daughter: Nora
Daughter: Elizabeth

    University: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1925-29)

    The New Yorker 1938-96
    The New York Herald Tribune

Author of books:
My Ears Are Bent (1938, sketches)
McSorley's Wonderful Saloon (1943, sketches)
Old Mr. Flood (1948)
The Bottom of the Harbor (1960)
Joe Gould's Secret (1965)
Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories (1992, anthology)


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