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Romany Marie: The Queen of Greenwich Village

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    Robert Schulman
America's fabled "Left Bank," Greenwich Village in New York, has been described, lauded, idealized and immortalized in numerous books -- but here, for the first time, author Robert Schulman tells the story of perhaps the Village's most vibrant citizen, the redoubtable Romany Marie Marchand, the acknowledged Earth Mother of the whole scene. From 1914 until the late 1950s she literally set the table for the 20th century's American bohemian elite by running a series of taverns in the Village. To these places came Buckminster Fuller, Will and Ariel Durant, e.e. cummings, Theodore Dreiser, John Sloan, Burl Ives, Zero Mostel, Edgar Varese, Brancusi, Isamu Noguchi, Diego Rivera and hundreds of other shining lights of literature, art, theater and academia. At Marie's taverns they found welcoming, fertile spaces where ideas took root. "You know what I am to them?" Marie said. "I'm a legend. I'm an idea. Many times, when such people get together, the thing they do is to talk about me and to reminisce. Where they started, how their work began. Oh yes, they'll say, was that in Marie's Washington Square place, or in the one on Christopher Street? They can scarcely speak of their past without bringing in one of my centers, for that is what my places were -- not so much restaurants as centers for people to get off the edge of the ordinary." Derived from the exhaustive interviews conducted by Marie's nephew, prize-winning journalist Bob Schulman, first begun in the 1940s and finally complete, Romany Marie: The Queen of Greenwich Village offers a fascinating and colorful glimpse into the true Bohemia by one of its most influential members.  
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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Robert Schulman
  • Butler Books
  • Unknown
  • 8
  • Biographies Memoirs
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