Cross Bronx: A Writing Life (Fordham University Press, 2022) is Peter Quinn’s forthcoming one-of-a-kind account of his adventures as an ad man, archivist, teacher, Wall Street messenger, court officer, political speechwriter, corporate scribe, and award-winning novelist.
Quinn is a New Yorker through and through. His evolution from a childhood in The Bronx, to his exploits in the halls of Albany, to his decision to walk away from it all — is evocative, enlightening, and most of all, entertaining.
From 1979 to 1985 Quinn worked as chief speechwriter for New York Governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo, helping craft Cuomo’s landmark speech at the 1984 Democratic Convention and his address on religion and politics at Notre Dame University. Quinn then joined Time Inc. as chief speechwriter and retired as corporate editorial director for Time Warner at the end of 2007. As eyewitness and participant, he survived elections, mega mergers, and urban ruin. In Cross Bronx Quinn provides his insider’s view of high-powered politics and high-stakes corporate intrigue.
Peter Quinn is a novelist, political historian, and foremost chronicler of New York City. He is the author of Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America, Banished Children of Eve, and the trilogy of historical detective novels — Hour of the Cat, The Man Who Never Returned, and Dry Bones.
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