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[enclosed newspaper clipping]
   The feuilletonist of the Courier des Etats Unis,
discoursing of the solar eclipse, is reminded of various
terrestrial and social eclipses which the week has pro-
duced, and he says:  I notice the eclipse of knowledge,
of common sense, and of wit, shown in a letter I have
received apropos of some lines in my last feuilleton
touching New-York Bohemianism.  I am sent to the
devil, and am conjured to say in what this Bohemian
lam differs fom that which holds its sittings in the
Parisian haunts.  I answer: one has produced noth-
ing, the other labors incessantly to establish the lite-
rary supremacy of its own country.  Such writers as
Murger and Theodore de Banville have recently
stepped forth from its ranks, and it will send out many
more.  Our most distinguished prose writers and poets
have passed through this rude and joyous school.  Th -
ophile Gautier, Ars ne Houssaye, G rard de Nerval
were, under other names, the Bohemians of French
romance, in their garrey of the Rue Doyenn .  The
hive has changed its place; but the bees hum always.
Now, I do not see here even budding reputations to
oppose to those I have noted.  In a word, Parisian
Bohemianism has its titles of nobility; it has subscribed
Mademoiselle de Maupin, les Filles de Feu, les Bu-
veurs d Eau, les Odes Funambulesques, etc.  I be-
come, in my turn, an inquirer, and I demand to be
shown the works of the New-York Bohemians.  Total
eclipse! 
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and nine
Description:Newspaper clipping New York Bohemians.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.