Re: RARA-AVIS: Brooklyn

Jim Beaver (
Fri, 24 Sep 1999 06:57:20 -0700

>Seeing a previous post with the name of NY's 2nd most storied borough
>reminded me of a great trilogy that has never received the respect it was
>due. Thomas Boyle's Brooklyn trilogy -- ONLY THE DEAD KNOW BROOKLYN, POST
>MORTEM EFFECTS and BROOKLYN THREE -- are three of the hardest, most acutely
>observed and best written novels ever done with a city as a subject.

Is there a connection between the Boyle novel and Thomas Wolfe's famous story "Only the Dead Know Brooklyn"? Or did Boyle just know a great title when he saw it?

Jim Beaver

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