American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century

American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century by Christine Stansell

ISBN10: 0805048472
ISBN13: 978-0805048476
Author: Christine Stansell
Title: American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century
Publisher: Metropolitan Books; 1st edition (May 3, 2000)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1531 kb
Size PDF: 1550 kb
Rating: 3.6/5
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American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century by Christine Stansell



A brilliant account of the American bohemians whose experiments in living, writing, and loving created the modern world and made New York its capital.

In the early years of the twentieth century, an exuberant band of talented individualists living in a shabby neighborhood called Greenwich Village set out to change the world. Committed to free speech, free love, and politically engaged art, they swept away sexual prudery, stodgy bourgeois art, and political conservatism as they clamorously declared the birth of the new.

Christine Stansell offers the first comprehensive history of this legary period. She takes us deep into the downtown bohemia, which brought together creative dissenters from all walks of life: hobos and Harvard men, society matrons and immigrant Jews, wobblies and New Women, poets and anarchists. And she depicts their lyrical hopes for the century they felt they were sponsoring-a radiant vision of modernity, both egalitarian and artful, that flourished briefly, poignantly, until America entered the First World War and patriotism trumped self-expression.

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