Notes from "The Lyons Den"
On Sale: June 7, 2011
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This amazing collection of choice anecdotes takes us right
back to the Golden Age of New York City nightlife, when top
restaurants like Toots Shor’s, “21,” and Sardi’s, as well as
glittering nightclubs like the Stork Club, Latin Quarter,
and El Morocco, were the nightly gathering spots for great
figures of that era: movie and Broadway stars, baseball
players, champion boxers, comedians, diplomats, British
royalty, prize-winning authors, and famous painters. From
Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, from Ethel Barrymore
to Sophia Loren, from George Burns to Ernest Hemingway, from
Joe DiMaggio to the Duke of Windsor: Leonard Lyons knew them
all. For forty glorious years, from 1934 to 1974, he made
the daily rounds of Gotham nightspots, collecting the
exclusive scoops and revelations that were at the core of
his famous newspaper column, “The Lyons Den.”
In this entertaining volume Jeffrey Lyons has assembled a
considerable compilation of anecdotes from his father’s best
columns, and has also contributed a selection of his own
interviews with stars of today, including Penélope Cruz and
George Clooney, among others. Organized chronologically by
decade and subdivided by celebrity, Stories My Father Told
Me offers fascinating, amusing stories that are illustrated
by approximately seventy photographs. He so captured the
tenor of those exciting times that the great Lincoln
biographer Carl Sandburg said: “Imagine how much richer
American history would have been had there been a Leonard
Lyons in Lincoln’s time.”
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