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Joe Gould's Teeth

Jill Lepore

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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. From the Hardcover edition.

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English

Length:

3h 18m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:31