24. Daniel R. Schwarz, English

Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). To read Runyon is not only to read New York history between the years 1910-1946, but also to read American history during those years. Schwarz’s book speaks about Runyon’s world during the Jazz Age, Prohibition, and the Depression. Schwarz examines every facet of Runyon’s career, from sports writer, daily columnist, trial reporter, and Hollywood figure to the author of the widely read short stories that were the source of the Broadway hit, Guys and Dolls. He analyzes Runyon’s high-spirited work in terms of historical contexts, popular culture, and the changing function of the media, and argues that Runyon was an indispensable figure in creating the public images of New York City culture.

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