The Street I Know: The Autobiography of the Last of the Bohemians

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Rowman & Littlefield, 22 paź 2014 - 412
The legend of Harold Sterns, the Last of the Bohemians, begins in 1912 when he runs naked through Harvard Yard, a twenty year-old man acting on impulse and looking like Shelley. At thirty-two he had left the United States, disgusted with the sordid red-baiting and prohibition snooping of the early twenties, disgusted also perhaps with himself, vowing never to return to a country so inhospitable to civilization.

Harold Stearns symbolized the bitter emptiness, the bewildered desperation of the generation that had survived a war only to face a world bent on forgetting its political sins in lust and liquor, or whatever anodyne the moment might bring. Those strange futile years have been immortalized in the fiction of Hemingway and Fitzgerald; but here, in Stearn’s narrative, they make their way into biography. No one has written more soberly about that drunken state of mind; no one has been more continent in describing these excesses; no one has romanticized less about the absurd romantic attitudes of the literary Bohemia. Stearns recreates for us a world that is already as remote and fantastic as a lost continent that has sunk beneath the sea. The legend is completed by Stearn’s return to America and his telling of this tale.
 

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I ACCIDENTALLY I GET BORN
11
II GROWING UP IN MASSACHUSETTS
28
III BEFORE COLLEGE
48
IV THREE YEARSAND A COUPLE OF SUMMERSAT HARVARD
68
V NEW YORK BEFORE THE WAR
90
VI THE SUMMER OF 1914
105
VII WHEN GREENWICH VILLAGE WAS YOUTH
126
VIII WAR AND CHICAGO
140
XII THE FIRST OF THE SYMPOSIUMS
193
XIII PARISIAN FLIMSY
207
XIV AROUND FRANCE AND BACK HOME
226
XV PETER PICKEM ON THE PONIES
253
XVI NEWSPAPERS FOLLY LITERATURE
283
XVII WINNING DAYS
303
XVIII THE THREAT OF BLINDNESSAND COLLIOURE
333
XIX BROKE AND BITTER
358

IX THE DIAL UNDER A DARK SKY
156
X PEACE AND MARRIAGE
168
XI WHAT CAN A YOUNG MAN DO?
181
XX HOME ONCE MORE
375
XXI CAN LIFE BEGIN AT 44?
403
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Harold Edmund Stearns was known as a prolific critic, journalist, editor and essayist during the 1920's and 1930's. He wrote essays in The New Republic, edited both The Dial and the famous iconoclastic symposium "Civilization in the United States". He was a member of the American expatriate group in Paris along with other notable exiles such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Dos Passos. For many chroniclers of the era, Stearns was the quintessential expatriate - a symbol of the 'exile' period in American literature.

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