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Hell Gate : imaginative qualities of an actual place / Michael Nichols.

By: Nichols, Michael, 1951- [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: Excelsior editionsPublisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2018]Copyright date: ©2018Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781438471419; 1438471416Other title: Hell Gate, imaginative qualities of an actual placeSubject(s): New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel | Hell Gate (New York, N.Y.) | East River (N.Y.) | TRAVEL / United States / Northeast / Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA) | Travel | New York (State) -- East River | New York (State) -- New York | New York (State) -- New York -- Hell GateGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hell Gate.DDC classification: 917.47/104 LOC classification: F128.68.H43 | N53 2018ebOnline resources: Click here to access online Summary: "Part history and part memoir, Hell Gate tells of a man's excursions along and then through Hell Gate, a narrow stretch of water in New York City's East River, notorious for dangerous currents, shipwrecks, and its melancholic islands and rocks. Drawn to the area by his fascination with its name--from the Dutch Hellegat, translated into English as both "bright passage" and "hell hole"--What begins as a set of casual walks becomes a foray into landscape and history as he traces through these idyllic and hellish images in an attempt to discover Hell Gate's hidden character and the meaning of its elusive name. The book is a loosely constructed set of sketches, organized as a kind of tour, that take place along the edge of the river and then in a rowboat in the river. Scenes and events are described as they present themselves; history and lore are freely mixed with contemporary scenes."--Provided by publisher.
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"Part history and part memoir, Hell Gate tells of a man's excursions along and then through Hell Gate, a narrow stretch of water in New York City's East River, notorious for dangerous currents, shipwrecks, and its melancholic islands and rocks. Drawn to the area by his fascination with its name--from the Dutch Hellegat, translated into English as both "bright passage" and "hell hole"--What begins as a set of casual walks becomes a foray into landscape and history as he traces through these idyllic and hellish images in an attempt to discover Hell Gate's hidden character and the meaning of its elusive name. The book is a loosely constructed set of sketches, organized as a kind of tour, that take place along the edge of the river and then in a rowboat in the river. Scenes and events are described as they present themselves; history and lore are freely mixed with contemporary scenes."--Provided by publisher.

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