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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, House and Thompson,  publisher  for the
fortcoming  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 demon-
strative, aggressive, rampant, with a strong
suggestion of asinine he-hawing in it.    We were
all together awhile at the end of the lecture.
Parton was there and Fanny.     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.     Wilbour was
present, too.          I went out with the Vanity
Fairians, the prominent two of which were ram-
pant, 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,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Regarding attending a lecture by Fry at Clinton Hall.
Date:1859-12-15
Subject:Bohemians; Fern, Fanny; Fry (lecturer); Gunn, Thomas Butler; House; Lectures and lecturing; Parton, James; Thompson, Frank; Wilbour; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.