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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 109 [newspaper clipping], July 1860

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Identifier: DX02726449

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 109 [newspaper clipping], July 1860

Description: Newspaper clipping regarding the New York Bohemians.


—The feuilletonist of the Courier des Etats Unis, discoursing of the solar eclipse, is reminded of various terrestrial and social eclipses which the week has produced, and he says: “I notice the eclipse of knowledge, of common sense, and of wit, shown in a letter I have received apropos of some lines in my last feuilleton touching New-York Bohemianism. I am sent to the devil, and am conjured to say in what this Bohemian lam differs from that which holds its sittings in the Parisian haunts. I answer: one has produced nothing, the other labors incessantly to establish the literary supremacy of its own country. Such writers as [Henri] Murger and Theodore de Banville have recently stepped forth from its ranks, and it will send out many more. Our most distinguished prose writers and poets have passed through this rude and joyous school. Théophile Gautier, Arsène Houssaye, Gérard de Nerval were, under other names, the Bohemians of French romance, in their garret of the Rue Doyenné. The hive has changed its place; but the bees hum always. Now, I do not see here even budding reputations to oppose to those I have noted. In a word, Parisian Bohemianism has its titles of nobility; it has subscribed Mademoiselle de Maupin, les Filles de Feu, les Buveurs d’Eau, les Odes Funambulesques, etc. I become, in my turn, an inquirer, and I demand to be shown the works of the New-York Bohemians. Total eclipse!”

coverage:New York, New York, Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-07

Type(s): Diary


Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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