This morning Cyrus and I will kick off the seventh incarnation of our team-taught course Writing New York. Here’s what the kids will be ordering, in case you want to read along at home. They’re listed alphabetically by author but we read them roughly chronologically. We’ll post the full syllabus in the coming days.

Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick
Abraham Cahan, Yekl
Stephen Crane, Maggie
E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime
Allen Ginsberg, Howl
Henry James, Washington Square
Tony Kushner, Angels in America
Lin Yutang, Chinatown Family
Chang-rae Lee, Native Speaker
Cyrus R. K. Patell and Bryan Waterman (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York City
Jeffrey Richards (ed.), Early American Drama
Philip Shaw, Patti Smith