Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Charles Warren Stoddard Born August 7th

American writer Charles Warren Stoddard was born August 7th, 1843 in Rochester, NY. Mostly forgotten today, Stoddard was a part of San Francisco's bohemian circle circa the 1860s along with Ambrose Bierce and Samuel Clemens and friends with Robert Louis Stevenson an Jack London. Stoddard was inspired by Whitman's Calamus poems and traveled to the  South Sea Islands where he wrote short stories collected in South-Sea Idyls and The Island of Tranquil Delights. Turing to Venice, Stoddard also formed a relationship with the American painter Francis Millet.

Learn more about Stoddard at GLBTQ and The Closet Professor.

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