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Christine Stansell, 3 October 1996

Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York 
edited by Rebecca Zurier, Robert Snyder and Virginia Mecklenburg.
Norton, 232 pp., £35, February 1996, 0 393 03901 3
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... New York in the late 19th-century never registered on anyone’s mind as a rival to London or Paris. But in the first two decades of the new century, it established itself as a pre-eminent metropolis for Europeans as well as Americans, an emblem of onrushing modernity which, for some, surpassed even Paris. ‘More than any other city in the world it is the fullest expression of our modern age,’ contended the cosmopolitan exile Leon Trotsky, who bided his time there for a few months in 1917 ...

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