"If Paris suggests Intelligence, if London suggests Experience, the the word for New York is Activity" - thus does the author characterise the American city in a perceptive and brilliant distillation of its people and places, from the Battery to Harlem, from comfortable New Amsterdam to the restless modern city of towers, bridges, ceaseless traffic, shrieking sirens, and some 8 or 9 million inhabitants in constant motion. The text is illuminated by Evelyn Hofer's dazzling camera skill, the whole offering a magical mid-20th century portrait of one of the great cities of the world.
Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett CH CBE (1900–1997) was a British writer and literary critic, best known for his short stories, collated in a number of volumes. His non-fiction works include the memoirs "A Cab at the Door" (1968) and "Midnight Oil" (1971), and many collections of essays on literary biography and criticism.
Evelyn Hofer (1922-2009), born in Hamburg, died in Mexico, was a German-American portrait and documentary photographer. Her orderly and well-constructed portraits and scenic photographs were straightforward compositions that were clear, but not simple. Her portraits show subjects looking lost, sad, or at least ambiguous.
Our book is in very good condition with immaculate unclipped dustjacket and a slipcase (this stamped 'New York, Heinemann' on the bottom). The book itself is bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine, and is 'as new'. Boards (blue with gold lettering to spine) as new. Binding firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright with no markings or inscriptions.