Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Justin Martin


In the shadow of the Civil warfare, a circle of radicals in a rowdy saloon replaced American society and helped set Walt Whitman at the route to poetic immortality.

Rebel Souls is the 1st booklet ever written concerning the colourful workforce of artists— regulars at Pfaff’s Saloon in Manhattan—rightly thought of America’s unique Bohemians. in addition to a tender Whitman, the circle incorporated actor Edwin sales space; trailblazing stand–up comedian Artemus Ward; psychedelic drug pioneer and writer Fitz Hugh Ludlow; and brazen performer Adah Menken, recognized for her bare woman regimen. important to their occasions, the artists controlled to forge connections with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, or even Abraham Lincoln. This brilliant story, jam-packed with unique learn, deals the pleasures of an outstanding team biography like The dinner party Years or The Metaphysical Club. Justin Martin indicates how this primary bohemian culture—imported from Paris to a dingy Broadway saloon—seeded and nurtured an American culture of insurgent paintings that flourishes to this day.

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