Bloom's Literary Guide to New York by Jesse Zuba
This book offers a guided tour of New York's rich literary history. New York City prides itself on being America's literary center. Home to the American book business, New York has always been a favorite of writers and the literati. Travelers with an interest in literature have an ample selection of pubs, homes, hotels, bookstores, and theaters to visit. "Bloom's Literary Guide to New York" provides everything a literature lover needs to know to enjoy the city. Its features include: an introduction by esteemed literary critic Harold Bloom; a detailed literary and cultural history of the city, describing its development from the days of Giovanni da Verrazzano's trip across the Atlantic in 1524 to the early literary responses to 9/11; an interview with former New York resident and poet Alfred Corn; color illustrations of literary landmarks, historic and contemporary; a color map providing a general overview of the city; a "Places of Interest" section that lists the city's major literary sights - including museums, bookstores, theaters, and more - along with their locations and hours of operation; and, a list of books to read and Web sites to consult before the trip.