The Library

As a passionate reader, I had such fun seeding The Bohemians with literary references. Here are a few of the authors I plucked from Dorothea and Caroline's shelves.

"My only treasure, apart from my camera, was a battered secondhand copy of Renascence. It had been my gospel, that book. I’d read it so many times the pages had worked loose from the binding. I sank onto the bed and thumbed through the pages, stopping at “First Fig.”

My candle burns at both ends. It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—It gives a lovely light!
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Edna St. Vincent Millay

"The King of Bohemia stepped out from behind a pair of velvet curtains, his hair molded, his skin gleaning. He’d changed into some sort of long white robe. There were cheers and a burst of applause. In one hand he held a burning candle, which threw shadows on his face; in his other hand he held a large book bound in green cloth, from which he suddenly began to read.

Come, I will make the continent indissoluble;
I will make the most splendid race the sun ever yet shone upon;
I will make divine magnetic lands;
With the love of comrades,
With the life-long love of comrades."

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Walt Whitman

“'Close your eyes and picture it, Dorrie. Mark Twain sailing down Columbus Avenue. Wild red hair, scraggly beard . . .' 
It was plain from the heaps of books in her room that she loved to read. Twain, I now learned, was a particular favorite.

“'Fine,” I said, shutting my eyes, “but where’s he headed?' 

“'Fior d’Italia,” she said without skipping a beat. “On his way to dine on oyster bisque and calamari and drink buckets of champagne with Ambrose Bierce.'”

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Mark Twain