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

ISBN-10: 0691142831
ISBN-13: 9780691142838
Edition: 2010 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $72.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

In the early twentieth century, an exuberant brand of gifted men and women moved to New York City, not to get rich but to participate in a cultural revolution. For them, the city's immigrant neighborhoods--home to art, poetry, cafes, and cabarets in the European tradition--provided a place where the fancies and forms of a new America could be tested. Some called themselves Bohemians, some members of the avant-garde, but all took pleasure in the exotic, new, and forbidden.InAmerican Moderns, Christine Stansell tells the story of the most famous of these neighborhoods, Greenwich Village, which--thanks to cultural icons such as Eugene O'Neil, Isadora Duncan, and Emma Goldman--became a symbol of social and intellectual freedom. Stansell eloquently explains how the mixing of old and new worlds, politics and art , and radicalism and commerce so characteristic of New York shaped the modern American urban scene.American Modernsis both an examination and a celebration of a way of life that's been nearly forgotten.

Christine Stansell, a professor of history at Princeton University, is the author of "City of Women: Sex & Class in New York City, 1789-1860". Her essays & reviews appear regularly in The New Republic & The London Review of Books. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Preface to the 2009 Edition
Prologue
Bohemia
Bohemian Beginnings in the 1890s
Journeys to Bohemia
Talking
Intellectuals, Conversational Politics, and Free Speech
Emma Goldman and the Modern Public
Writing
Art and Life: Modernity and Literary Sensibilities
Writer Friends: Literary Friendships and the Romance of Partisanship
The Human Sex
Sexual Modernism
Talking about Sex
Former People
Loving America with Open Eyes
Notes
Acknowledgment
Index

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