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Upstate: Records and Recollections of Northern New York, by Edmund Wilson, hardcover (good/very good condition) (3rd printing, 1971)


Up state is not mainly a regional history: it is a diary-notebook. Most of Upstate consists of selections, with occasional interpolations, covering the period 1950-1970, and the chapters are filled with accounts of people who live in that part of the world, and Wilson's family and friends. The account of changes in New York state life since Wilson's childhood and during the last twenty years, through occurring in a relatively stable society, reflects recent developments which are fundamental and national in scope; the bringing down of a once thriving rural community into something more anarchic but at the same time more democratic.

Upstate: Records and Recollections of Northern New York

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