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New York's Greenwich Village, writes Princeton University historian Christine Stansell in this engaging study, became the epicenter of this great social earthquake. Fueled by wealthy patrons and fed by refugees from Europe and the Midwest, New York's once isolated bohemian community generated social trends that would be widely copied, and in the process "made Greenwich Village into a beacon of American possibility in the new age." Among their number were the anarchist politician Emma Goldman, the radical journalists John Reed and Louise Bryant, and the writers Eugene O'Neill and Kenneth Burke, all of whom insisted on making an art form of one's life--and on rattling a few cages while doing so. The individual actors in this social revolution, Stansell observes, may be little remembered today, but elements of their belief--openness in social relationships, equality among men and women, and "a skepticism at once relentlessly questioning of America and entirely embroiled in its future"--are our common coin today. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was amazed by the erudition of this book. So much knowledge and so many chunky footnotes, yet the author never weighs you down with all she knows (and she really knows her... Read morePublished on June 3, 2000
A rambling book, not very informative, with a marked liberal tone. Not to mention disjointed-- as far as the editorial content goes, each chapter is a totally separate book with... Read morePublished on May 31, 2000