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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 208, February 27, 1856

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Identifier: DX03925920

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 208, February 27, 1856

Description: Describes the lack of success A.F. Banks is having in finding a publisher for his book.


27. Wednesday. Catherine Street & down town. Writing, making progress. Wurzbach came in the evening with letter from Joe Greatbatch, in Australia, fath for his father [Joseph Greatbatch]. Out with him, and called on [A.F.] Banks, whom we took to the Ornithorincus. He was generally dreary. He is unable to get a publisher for the heaps of bosh he has scribbled for the last five years, is going to get out a volume on his own expense, devoting part of his salary to it. Well, it is as well he should do so as squander it on liquor. Banks in prosperity is every way objectionable. He insults everybody. [George] Yewell and [George] Arnold, the former as kind a fellow as is anywhere feel him to be a nuisance. [Jesse] Haney and Sol [Eytinge] coming, Banks left. Out with them after drinks, to a newly started Cafй chansant, where was a dreary ball fizzling out — and meeting [Charles] Gaylor in Broadway returned with him to the Ornithorincus. In the upper room were Yewell, Arnold and [Fitz James] O’Brien. Sol had received $30 or so to day, so he must needs stand drinks and a snack. Talk of Walt Whitman’s poem, politics, and miscellanous matters. O’Brien declaring with that [John] Milton was not a poet. I don’t like an inch of him. Theres an insufferable assumption of superiority over everybody about him which is either exasperating or ridiculous — as you are affected by it. Me it exasperates. His insolent wide open eyes, swell moustache and whiskers and Irish pretense are un-get-over-able.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-02-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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