The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature (Paperback)
An extraordinary portrait of a fast-changing Americaand the Western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity
At once an intimate portrait of an unforgettable group of writers and a history of a cultural revolution in America, The Bohemians reveals how a brief moment on the far western frontier changed our culture forever. Beginning with Mark Twain’s arrival in San Francisco in 1863, this group biography introduces readers to the other young eccentric writers seeking to create a new American voice at the country’s edgeliterary golden boy Bret Harte; struggling gay poet Charles Warren Stoddard; and beautiful, haunted Ina Coolbrith, poet and protector of the group. Ben Tarnoff’s elegant, atmospheric history reveals how these four pioneering writers helped spread the Bohemian movement throughout the world, transforming American literature along the way.
About the Author
BEN TARNOFF is the author of A Counterfeiter’s Paradise. He has written for the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. He lives in New York City.