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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 223, May 4, 1859

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Identifier: DX03374462

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 223, May 4, 1859

Description: Describes George Arnold.

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of a much more elaborate portraiture [of George Arnold] than I have leisure to paint but here goes to knock in a few details. About the most unique Bohemian that I have encountered. Handsome, or at least, goodlooking, young, dresses in good taste, can sing a song in a pleasant voice accompanying himself on the guitar or piano. Used to picturesque himself in his artist period, with long hair, black velvet coat etc. but has cut that since his joining the press-going. Altogether an alert-looking fellow, talks well, is good company. Reads French, especially [Honore de] Balzac. His father, a grave, gray-bearded man, has been a “come-outer,” belonged to the “Phalanx” or “Phalansterie” which attempted some Socialist, agrarian experiment in New Jersey; some of the component members George remembers very well and describes humorously. His sister was married from this association, the solemnization being commented upon and vilified at the time in the N. Y. Herald. Subsequently Arnold’s father tried farming in the west, I think Illinois. George has no great liking for the country. His life is decidedly decendental, his philosophy rather negative than anything else. He has “swallowed all formula” as to creed, is prone to back Iconoclasts of all sorts, nothing is sacred to him. He writes and rhymes with the greatest fluency, will do both on any subject or question, is a literary Swiss to the extremest degree. In this as in his life there’s no hypocrisy, he affects to be nothing but what he is. He has an ex-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-05-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Diaries
Artists
Authors
Socialism

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