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

American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691142838

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ISBN13: 978-0691142838
ISBN10: 0691142831
Edition: 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 2009
International: No

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American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691142838

Christine Stansell

ISBN13: 978-0691142838
ISBN10: 0691142831
Edition: 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

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'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.

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