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  • American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century
  • Christine Stansell With a new preface by the author
  • 2021
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  • Published by: Princeton University Press
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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.

In American Moderns, Christine Stansell tells the story of the most famous of these neighborhoods, Greenwich Village, which--thanks to cultural icons such as Eugene O'Neill, 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 Moderns is both an examination and a celebration of a way of life that's been nearly forgotten.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to the 2009 Edition
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Bohemia
  1. 1. Bohemian Beginnings in the 1890s
  2. pp. 11-39
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  1. 2. Journeys to Bohemia
  2. pp. 40-70
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  1. Part II: Talking
  1. 3. Intellectuals, Conversational Politics, and Free Speech
  2. pp. 73-119
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  1. 4. Emma Goldman and the Modern Public
  2. pp. 120-144
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  1. Part III: Writing
  1. 5. Art and Life: Modernity and Literary Sensibilities
  2. pp. 147-177
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  1. 6. Writer Friends: Literary Friendships and the Romance of Partisanship
  2. pp. 178-222
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  1. Part IV: The Human Sex
  1. 7. Sexual Modernism
  2. pp. 225-272
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  1. 8. Talking about Sex
  2. pp. 273-308
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  1. Part V: Former People
  1. 9. Loving America with Open Eyes
  2. pp. 311-338
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 339-404
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 405-406
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 407-422
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400833665
Related ISBN(s)
9780691142838
MARC Record
OCLC
1273307381
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2021-10-27
Language
English
Open Access
No

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