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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 161, November 29, 1859

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Identifier: DX03144439

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 161, November 29, 1859

Description: Regarding Ada Clare and Getty Gay, two Bohemian women writers in New York.



— several attempts — to become a tragic actress, but despite any amount of puffery on the part of the fellows who knew her [Ada Clare] (or wanted to know her in a scriptural sense) failed. She had money and aspired for “fame” only. She lived with a musician, subsequently went to Paris and returned with an illegitimate child, the result of a liason with a young Frenchman. Affecting the Bohemienne and Georges Sand business she acknowledges the maternity, and is the centre of a circle of the [Henry] Clapp style of men. Possessing some intellect and ability as her writings attest, she is I suppose bedeviled to all intents and purposes — self outlawed from decent womanhood. The [Charles F.] Briggs’es of the press and others praise her on the principle that its always safe to praise a woman. I have heard of an old editor who made this a rule through life — never to write a line against a woman — and said he found it pay. “Getty Gay” has still more of the core of bitch in her, as [Tobias] Smollet’s Trunnion would say. By [George] Arnold’s account she adds direct prostitution to her “literary” pursuits, taking rides in omnibuses of afternoons and Broadway promenades to pick up $5 with men attached. He, Arnold, visited some female of his acquaintance who resided at the same house with

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-11-29

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Women authors


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