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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 162, November 29, 1859

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Identifier: DX03145232

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 162, November 29, 1859

Description: Regarding Henry Clapp's Saturday Press.



“Getty [Gay]” and the one strumpet tattled this of the other. [Charles] Gaylor had to do with this “Getty” in the “Ornithorynchus” days. I think he quarreled with Ed. G.P. Wilkins of the Herald about her. She brought M.S. to the Pic once, when [Frank] Cahill assumed the part of editor, Mort Thomson being out. Cahill flattered her, and I believe on Mort’s condemning the article as bosh, paid for it himself. He was on the scent after carrion, too. All “whores and rogues ” like Gonzalo’s kingdom. To return to the Saturday Press. [Henry] Clapp generally does an impudent, flippant, Frenchy tainted editorial in paragraphs of one sentence each, the rest is Ada Clare, Getty Gay, [A.F.] Banks (and brays) [George] Arnold &c &c. Wilkin’s provides a “feulleton,” brilliant, cool, impudent and amusing, reading like a translation from the French, and all the rest of the p writers imitate him. The paper is a mere swindle on advertisers, principally publishers, the circulation being nominal. Clapp talks each week of his going round to borrow money to purchase paper. Frank Wood “an evaporating dish” of a young man, as [Jesse] Haney characterized him, paid Clapp $25 of [Henry or William] Stephen’s money for suggesting the title of Vanity Fair. I fancy the little literary Gorilla is a good deal believed in by Wood; his inconceivable

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)
Publishers and publishing
Women authors


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