Rebel Souls

Rebel Souls

Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians

Book - 2014
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"Certain moments and settings in literary history are so dense and rich as to require a group biography. Bloomsbury, Berlin in the 20's, or the periods in Paris that inspired The Banquet Years or A Charmed Circle are among these.The birth of Bohemia in New York on the eve of the Civil War is such a moment. The brilliant, rowdy circle included Walt Whitman, Edwin Booth, the comic Artemus Ward, and reached out to involve Emerson, Albert Bierstadt, and Mark Twain. Whitman towered over this circle which in turn liberated both his life and his work. In this ebullient story, packed with original research, Justin Martin, the author of 3 acclaimed and successful biographies, shows how this first "Bohemian" culture, imported from Paris, sprouted in a dingy Broadway saloon against the shadow of a fractured nation, nurtured and launched Walt Whitman and seeded an American tradition of rebel art that endures today. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780306822261
Branch Call Number: 811.3 M3645R 2014
Characteristics: xi, 339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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