This map plots the settings and references in Any Human Heart

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NEW YORK (1950s/60s)
Manhattan, New York City
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Times Square as it is today
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New York, New York...

It is iconic, it has often been described as the most important city in the world, and it is home to some of the most significant buildings on the planet. Indeed, the Manhattan skyline is instantly recognisable.

LMS mentions several key landmarks and locations, including the beautiful art-deco Chrysler Building, Central Park and Madison Avenue. Times Square, the heart of Broadway theatre, also features in his journal, as does nearby Long Island.

Chrysler Building
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Manhattan is just one of the five boroughs that make up New York City, the others being the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Lowever Manhattan is home to Wall Street, while Midtown holds the United Nations and Grand Central Station, and Uptown Manhattan boasts Harlem and Columbia University.

Through LMS, we can peer into the art scene of New York at the time. New York was (and remains) an artist's mecca. The Abstract Expressionist Movement in the 1950s is well recorded in Any Human Heart; many of the artists he cites were among the movers and shakers of the art world at the time.


Central Park
Creative Commons AttributionCentral Park - Credit: Fritz Geller-Grimm