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By Robert Pinsky

Broadway, the most highway that runs via Robert Pinsky’s domestic city of lengthy department, New Jersey, used to be like millions of different major streets in small cities around the kingdom. yet for Pinsky, one in every of America’s so much trendy poets and its former Poet Laureate, this Broadway is the purpose of departure for a full of life trip in the course of the small cities of the yank mind's eye. Thousands of Broadways explores the desires and nightmares of such small towns—their welcoming but suffocating, hot but prejudicial personality in the course of their heyday, from the early 19th century via international battle II.

The voters of crucial small cities recognize each other generally or even in detail, yet fail to acknowledge the geniuses and legal minds of their midst. Bringing the works of such figures as Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Alfred Hitchcock, Thornton Wilder, Willa Cather, and Preston Sturges to undergo in this paradox, in addition to reflections on his personal time transforming into up in a small city, Pinsky explores how such imperfect wisdom shields groups from the anonymity and alienation of recent existence. alongside the best way, he additionally considers how small cities could be small minded—in a few circumstances viciously judgmental and oppressively provincial. finally, Pinsky examines the uneasy regard that inventive abilities like him frequently have towards the small cities that both nurtured or thwarted their inventive impulses.

Of dwelling in a small city, Sherwood Anderson as soon as wrote that "the sensation is one by no means to be forgotten. On both sides are ghosts, now not of the lifeless, yet of residing people." Passionate, lyrical, and extremely relocating, hundreds of thousands of Broadways is a wealthy exploration of this significant subject matter in American literature via one in all its such a lot uncommon figures.

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