The Mural at the Waverly Inn, Edward Sorel

Forty Village greats from the past 150 years cavort in bacchanalian splendor in Edward Sorel’s entrancing mural on the walls of Manhattan’s Waverly Inn, which is reproduced in its entirety in a fold-out attached to the inside back cover. Each of the 40 makes a solo appearance in the pages with a charming, pointed vignette of his or her life by Dorothy Gallagher. 

Here are: Walt Whitman being attacked by a ferocious Truman Capote butterfly; Jan Jacobs, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Willa Cather playing ring-around-the-rosie; those famous denizens of the White Horse Tavern, Dylan Thomas, who breakfasted on beer, lunched on brandy, and Jack Kerouac, typing his long roll of a novel. Anais Nin appears nude, which Gallagher points out, is her usual state. Norman Mailer admires himself in a reflecting pond. And all the rest . . . Edmund “Bunny” Wilson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, Jimmy Baldwin, Thelonius Monk, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Fran Lebowitz, and more. 

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Praise for The Mural at the Waverly Inn:

“The next best thing to securing reservations at the exclusive Waverly Inn in Manhattan's West Village might be owning this book… Perfect for anyone who loves both counter- and high culture.” – Publishers Weekly

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