Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My book is being discussed at TalkinBroadway.com!

Well, this is a first -- my book, Historic Photos of Broadway: New York Theatre 1850-1970 is currently being discussed at Talkinbroadway.com. Here's the thread.

I do want to say a few things in response to some of the postings. The principal reason for the book is to showcase the holdings of the Billy Rose Theatre Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Out of the collection's 8,000,000 items (most of which are photographs, but not all), we selected 240 images. One of my tasks in the very, very beginning was to figure out not only which photographs to select but why to select them -- it seemed to me that telling the story of Broadway, more or less, was an obvious, logical choice. The book starts roughly at 1850 because that's roughly when the first photograph -- of Junius Brutus Booth and his son, little Edwin -- was taken. And it ends in 1970 because that's when the greatest part of the Billy Rose collection more or less ends. We may very well do a Volume II, perhaps, if the sales of this book are good, but I'm totally speculating about that. If so, it would certainly go beyond 1970.

As for when the book comes out, my understanding is any day now.

And once again, here's a link to the book.

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1 comment:

jen ryan said...

cool beans! cant wait to get a copy...personally autographed of course