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Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel

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The next best thing to having a room key to the Chelsea Hotel during each of its famous — and infamous — decades.

The Chelsea Hotel, since its founding by a visionary French architect in 1884, has been an icon of American invention: a cultural dynamo and haven for the counterculture, all in one astonishing building. Sherill Tippins, author of the acclaimed February House, delivers a masterful and endlessly entertaining history of the Chelsea and of the successive generations of artists who have cohabited and created there, among them John Sloan, Edgar Lee Masters, Thomas Wolfe, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Sam Shepard, Sid Vicious, and Dee Dee Ramone. Now as legendary as the artists it has housed and the countless creative collaborations it has sparked, the Chelsea has always stood as a mystery as well: Why and how did this hotel become the largest and longest-lived artists' community in the known world? Inside the Dream Palace is the intimate and definitive story.

Today the Chelsea stands poised in limbo between two futures: Will this symbol of New York's artistic invention be converted to a profit-driven business catering to the top one percent? Or will the Chelsea be given a rebirth through painstaking effort by the community that loves it? Set against these two competing possibilities, Inside the Dream Palace could not be more fascinating or timely.

Review:

"In this wide-ranging history, literary biographer Tippins explores the Chelsea Hotel's role as a refuge for artists and eccentrics for over a century. Built in 1884 by a French architect, Philip Hubert, who had been deeply influenced by the utopian philosopher Charles Fourier, the Chelsea immediately became a center of counter-culture in New York City. Evolving and devolving through two world wars, the Great Depression, and ever-changing management, the Chelsea somehow managed to provide a haven for bohemians from around the world, even as the rooms were subdivided, the plumbing decayed, and pimps, junkies, and dealers roamed the halls. Tippins smoothly conveys the atmosphere at the Chelsea in its early days through her descriptions of Gilded Age luminaries like William Dean Howells, while she focuses on the hard-drinking Thomas Wolfe and the suave composer Virgil Thomson in her treatment of the Depression era. However, the prose comes fully alive as Tippins documents the shifting currents of New York bohemia in the decades after WWII. The list of luminaries who helped to create the Chelsea magic include Arthur Miller, Arthur C. Clarke, Edie Sedgwick, Harry Smith, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Kerouac, and many, many others — a veritable who's-who of American postwar artists. A fascinating account of how a single building in New York City nurtured a community of freaks, dreamers, and outcasts whose rejection of the status quo helped to transform it." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"An inspired investigation into the utopian spirit of the Chelsea Hotel." ELLE

Review:

"Cool hunters will appreciate Sherill Tippins's Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel, a social history of the city's sanctuary for postwar artists and It girls." Vogue

Review:

"Zealous, big-picture researcher Tippins not only tells compelling tales, she also weaves them into a strikingly fresh, lucid, and socially anchored history of New York's world-altering art movements. Though its future is uncertain, Tippins ensures that the Chelsea Hotel, dream palace and microcosm, will live on in our collective memory." Booklist, starred

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"A revealing biography of the fabled Manhattan hotel, in which generations of artists and writers found a haven....A zesty, energetic history, not only of a building, but of more than a century of American culture." Kirkus

Review:

"A fascinating account of how a single building in New York City nurtured a community of freaks, dreamers, and outcasts whose rejection of the status quo helped to transform it." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

The history of New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel, where artists of all stripes, legends themselves, have lived and loved and worked for more than a century.

About the Author

Sherill Tippins is the author of February House: The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten and Gypsy Rose Lee Under One Roof in Wartime America. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Introduction xiii

chapter one

The Chelsea Association 1

chatper two

The Coast of Bohemia 33

chatper three

Four Saints in Three Acts 57

chatper four

Howl 97

chatper five

After the Fall 136

chatper six

A Strange Dream 171

chatper seven

The Price 215

chatper eight

Naked Lunch 258

chatper nine

Mahagonny 301

Epilogue: Second Life 341

Appendix: Cost Equivalencies 349

Authors Note and Acknowledgments 353

Notes 356

Selected Bibliography 421

Index 435

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618726349
Subtitle:
The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel
Author:
Tippins, Sherill
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Music - General
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131203
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9.99 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this wide-ranging history, literary biographer Tippins explores the Chelsea Hotel's role as a refuge for artists and eccentrics for over a century. Built in 1884 by a French architect, Philip Hubert, who had been deeply influenced by the utopian philosopher Charles Fourier, the Chelsea immediately became a center of counter-culture in New York City. Evolving and devolving through two world wars, the Great Depression, and ever-changing management, the Chelsea somehow managed to provide a haven for bohemians from around the world, even as the rooms were subdivided, the plumbing decayed, and pimps, junkies, and dealers roamed the halls. Tippins smoothly conveys the atmosphere at the Chelsea in its early days through her descriptions of Gilded Age luminaries like William Dean Howells, while she focuses on the hard-drinking Thomas Wolfe and the suave composer Virgil Thomson in her treatment of the Depression era. However, the prose comes fully alive as Tippins documents the shifting currents of New York bohemia in the decades after WWII. The list of luminaries who helped to create the Chelsea magic include Arthur Miller, Arthur C. Clarke, Edie Sedgwick, Harry Smith, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Kerouac, and many, many others — a veritable who's-who of American postwar artists. A fascinating account of how a single building in New York City nurtured a community of freaks, dreamers, and outcasts whose rejection of the status quo helped to transform it." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "An inspired investigation into the utopian spirit of the Chelsea Hotel."
"Review" by , "Cool hunters will appreciate Sherill Tippins's Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel, a social history of the city's sanctuary for postwar artists and It girls."
"Review" by , "Zealous, big-picture researcher Tippins not only tells compelling tales, she also weaves them into a strikingly fresh, lucid, and socially anchored history of New York's world-altering art movements. Though its future is uncertain, Tippins ensures that the Chelsea Hotel, dream palace and microcosm, will live on in our collective memory."
"Review" by , "A revealing biography of the fabled Manhattan hotel, in which generations of artists and writers found a haven....A zesty, energetic history, not only of a building, but of more than a century of American culture."
"Review" by , "A fascinating account of how a single building in New York City nurtured a community of freaks, dreamers, and outcasts whose rejection of the status quo helped to transform it."
"Synopsis" by , The history of New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel, where artists of all stripes, legends themselves, have lived and loved and worked for more than a century.
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