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Queen of Bohemia: The Life of Louise Bryant

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The wife of radical journalist John Reed, Louise Bryant was a pioneering reporter and shrewd social activist, a committed feminist and champion of sexual freedom. Bryant's stormy life is the enthralling story of one woman's struggle to live by her convictions. Queen of Bohemia connects a brave and beguiling woman to an era of stunning transformations.
Published January 11th 1996 by Houghton Mifflin
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Louise Bryant was a mover and shaker of the early 20th century, talented political journalist, paramour to Eugene O'Neil, suffragist. But few have every heard of her.
My curiosity about Louise Bryant was piqued after reading "The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a history of Greenwich Village." Biographer Mary V. Dearborn skillfully brings Louise Bryant's remarkable and unconventional character to life. She was an eye witness and participant in many world-shaking events and protests which she documented as a working journalist/foreign correspondent and the author of two books on Russia. Her glory days began in 1916 upon her arri ...more
This was an really well written biography and imminently fascinating for someone interested in early 20th century bohemians, radicals and revolutions.
Many of the facts of her life are unknown, partly because, in re-creating herself as a twentieth-century American heroine, she mythologized her past, concealing some details and omitting or changing others.
She was brought up in and near Reno, Nevada, where her mother had relocated because of its proximity to her own stepfather, James Say.

She attended the University of Nevada and was a believer in equality of the sexes, and in women's suffrage. She was an artist and illustrator, a creative and ca
More interesting because it is about Bryant at all --- she has received short shrift because of her association with Reed. But I can't really get excited by the disjointed writing.
Extraordinary reading.
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