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26 – the bohemian
11.22.2005, 12:02 am
Filed under: articles

“The bohemian, the Bolsheviks, and the old blues,” / by Mary V. Dearborn
Yale Alumni Magazine, September/October 2005.

Louise Bryant, the subject of this article, is unfortunately more well-known for her husbands than for her own life and work. The famous part of her life story is attached to the story of her second husband, Portland’s own John Reed. While they lived together she wrote numerous articles on political and current-events topics, and a best-selling book on her experiences living in Russia and the young Soviet Union during the 1917 revolution, Six Red Months in Russia (various publishers, 1918-2002, available online). Mostly no one remembers Bryant, her writing, or this best-selling book — in fact, most folks are more familiar with Reed’s book about living in Russia during the same period, Ten Days That Shook the World (various publishers, 1919-1997, available online).

“The Bohemian” describes a collection of Bryant’s papers owned by the Yale University Library, and provides a brief introduction to Bryant’s life. Selected images & documents are reproduced in the article, and a finding aid to Bryant’s papers is available on the Yale Library’s website.

A few of Bryant’s articles, and another electronic version of Six Red Months in Russia are available online at the Internet Archive.


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