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Joe Gould's Teeth
Joe Gould's Teeth | Jill Lepore
From "New Yorker "staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore, the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the long-lost, longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called The Oral History of Our Time. Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the twentieth century. So did some of his friends, a group of modernist writers and artists that included E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Gould began his life s work before the First World War, announcing that he intended to write down nearly everything anyone ever said to him. I am trying to preserve as much detail as I can about the normal life of every day people, he explained, because as a rule, history does not deal with such small fry. By 1942, when "The New Yorker" published a profile of Gould written by the reporter Joseph Mitchell, Gould s manuscript had grown to more than nine million words. But when Gould died in 1957, in a mental hospital, the manuscript was nowhere to be found. Then, in 1964, in Joe Gould s Secret, a second profile, Mitchell claimed that The Oral History of Our Time had been, all along, merely a figment of Gould s imagination. Lepore, unpersuaded, decided to find out. "Joe Gould s Teeth" is a Poe-like tale of detection, madness, and invention. Digging through archives all over the country, Lepore unearthed evidence that The Oral History of Our Time did in fact once exist. Relying on letters, scraps, and Gould s own diaries and notebooks including volumes of his lost manuscript Lepore argues that Joe Gould s real secret had to do with sex and the color line, with modernists relationship to the Harlem Renaissance, and, above all, with Gould s terrifying obsession with the African American sculptor Augusta Savage. In ways that even Gould himself could not have imagined, what Gould wrote down really is a history of our time: unsettling and ferocious."
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End of vacation week and finally couldn‘t ignore my TBR and the Bookbub sale. Lucky I was able to hold to 10 (very lucky).

KarenUK Nice haul! Xx 👍💕 5mo
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melissa.drake
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This was a very thought-provoking book which, while I finished it nearly a week ago, I'm still digesting. Lepore tracks her own investigation into Joe Gould as well as providing a somewhat fuller/broader biography of him than what Mitchell wrote. It self-consiously engages with the nature of biography and the larger historical concern of who is remembered/deemed important, as well as Gould's very complicated relationship with this concern.

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melissa.drake
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February #BookHaul ! I picked up The Hazel Wood as soon as it arrived, though I set it down around the 80 pg mark over a week ago and haven't picked it up since - I'm planning to give it another go tonight before I decide on setting it aside or not. However, Joe Gould's Teeth is what I'm most looking forward to next - it's going straight to the nightstand! 🤓

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A fascinating nonfiction book about an eccentric man who believed he was writing the oral history of the world. The best part was not the details about Joe, but instead the details about a woman named Augusta Savage. She was an African-American artist during the Harlem Renaissance. Gould was obsessed with her and constantly harassed her, but her life and work rises above his insanity.

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So, the beginning is a bit uneven, it's not about teeth at all, and the author's entry into the book at various points is disruptive, but Joe Gould himself is so fascinating this is worthwhile. I would love a deeper exploration of him (if possible) and a guess at his DSM diagnosis. Quick read.

Karli The cover kind of disturbs me... 3y
Hooked_on_books @Karli Totally disturbing cover! And really odd choice, since there's very little in here about his teeth. 3y
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mdhughes72
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Like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, the more Lepore uncovered, the less I felt I knew. Is it possible that words, letters, books, archives can obscure, even erase a person? I felt like I learned more about his obsession Augusta Savage, who destroyed everything she could and died in anonymity.

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I think every nonfiction writer should read Joe Gould's Secret and then follow up with this new investigation by Lepore. Makes you think about how subject and writer effect each other's stories, sometimes in a lifelong way.

BookishFeminist Jill Lepore rocks my socks. :) I don't think she's written anything I haven't loved. I love following her fairly regular pieces in The New Yorker, too! 3y
SusanInTiburon Reminds me of Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer. 3y
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Joe Gould's Teeth | Jill Lepore
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Jill Lepore's latest book sounds fascinating. I'm finally going to read 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman' next month.

kaitlyn Debating picking this one up. Recently finished the Secret History of Wonder Woman - very much enjoyed it, hope you do to! 4y
susanw I have the Wonder Woman book sitting in my shelf, sadly unread. Must get to it. 4y
jmkeene The Wonder Woman book was amazing. Highly recommend it. 4y
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