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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 177, December 15, 1859

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Identifier: DX03157137

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 177, December 15, 1859

Description: Regarding attending a lecture by Mr. Fry at Clinton Hall.

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jerky and not very satisfactory, the man could have done much better had he cared to think over what he was going to say. Frank Wood, [Edward] House and Thompson, “publisher” for the forthcoming “Vanity Fair,” were present. Le Jeune Homme Pauvre came eagerly splurging in, past me, to a front seat and was called back to a side one, by his companions. I heard his laugh at Fry’s witticisms, it was demonstrative, aggressive, rampant, with a strong suggestion of asinine he-hawing in it. We were all together awhile at the end of the lecture. [James] Parton was there and Fanny [Fern]. I Jim spoke to me; we stood conversing, Fanny ‘tother side of him until Fry came, when she seized on him, anon diverging to House. [Charles E.] Wilbour was present, too. I went out with the Vanity Fairians, the prominent two of which were rampant, talking Bohemianisms and water about taking drinks and “Jane’s” — whither they seemed bound to, where and whatever it may be. Young Wood is a study just now. His affectations of raffishness, of being “on town,” a “newspaper man ” and editor &c, are immense. To judge from the manner in which these “Bohemians,” (who do so glory in that appellation) write and talk, one would suppose their lives the most free and easy, philosophic, devil-may-care,

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1859-12-15

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Diaries
Lectures and lecturing

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