84, Charing Cross Road book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This charming classic, first published in , brings to. In the s and '50s she wrote plays and television scripts in New York City, but found little success until her best-known book, 84, Charing Cross Road, was. Ironically, just as ''84 Charing Cross Road'' - the play based on an American writer's year correspondence with a London book shop - is.
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84, Charing Cross Road [ENG ]
As one walks down London's Charing Cross Road from Cambridge Circus - a sentimental pilgrimage I myself made a few weeks ago - the book stores become smaller and older, as though the newer establishments up the hill were literally squeezing them into the Thames. The Saturday-morning traffic of students, writers, tourists and the merely curious still moves in and out of these shops as it has done for the past century, sending up a steady jingle of door bells and ushering in drafts of cold air, so that the cashiers often wear fingerless gloves as they rummage in their cigar boxes for shillings and pence.
But now, instead of ferreting out that rare first edition of Boswell or that obscure essay by Colley Cibber, customers are more likely to be seeking a second-hand copy of a textbook, a popular novel or even a paperback. Ironically, just as ''84 Charing Cross Road'' - the play based on an American writer's year correspondence with a London book shop - is giving London and New York audiences an intimate look into one of the street's most venerable shops, the book market itself is dying.
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The old shop has been boarded up sinceand further down the street an entire block of six book stores has been razed to make way for an office complex. Then, motioning toward the cash register, the clerk added ruefully, ''But the interest has been purely romantic, if you know what I mean. Jackson, whose father opened the store insaid that today's economy simply doesn't allow the kind of limited volume trade that was possible in the 's and even in the 60's, when scholars could unearth hardto-find books here at bargain prices.
Increasingly, over the past decade, Mr. Jackson said, shops like his had been forced to stock more and more popular and second-hand books in an effort to reach a broader market.
Nevertheless, business continued to decline rapidly. Then, two years ago, Mr. Roose-Evans' play opened at the Ambassador Theater on West Lane, just a scone's throw from the site where the book shop had stood. Jackson was a colleague of Frank Doel, the chief clerk at Marks whose purely epistolary relationship with Miss Hanff slowly ripened into something resembling sibling love, and he generally approves of the way the late Mr.
How a New York woman’s correspondence with a London bookshop became a publishing sensation
Doel is being portrayed on the stage. But there was a more lively side to Frank that wasn't brought out in the play. He liked nothing better than to umpire our cricket games - we had a team of clerks here called the Bibliomites -unless perhaps it was to take a drink at lunchtime down at the pub.
Not that Frank was a drinker, you understand, didn't wallow in it. But he liked to drink like the rest of us.
Jackson also said he was deeply affected by Richard Marks' warm evocative setting for the London production, with its books stacked floor to ceiling, a shop that Miss Hanff says in the play ''smells of must and dust and books and age and time. Jackson, looking around his own deteriorating store as though visualizing it in an earlier incarnation.
When you opened one of those old calf-bound books, you felt like someone must be looking over your shoulder.
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Doel had died and the correspondence with Miss Hanff had halted, and he recalled the bookshop's closing day in the same nostalgic vein that has made ''84 Charing Cross Road'' one of the West End's most endearing plays over the past two seasons:. Hynes, ''Mark Cohen, the last surviving owner, looked at me and said, 'Pat, we've had some very happy times here.
I swore I'd never close this shop, so you lock her up, and give the keys to the lawyers, if you please. Hynes continued, ''I looked at him and I saw a little tear in the corner of his eye. Then he drove away, and it's the last I've seen him.
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Doel had died and the correspondence with Miss Hanff had halted, and he recalled the bookshop's closing day in the same nostalgic vein that has made ''84 Charing Cross Road'' one of the West End's most endearing plays over the past two seasons: ''On the day we closed the store,'' said Mr.