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The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925

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Franklin Abbott

Achmed Abdullah

Mary Aldis

George William Amis

Sherwood Anderson

Egmont Arens

Mary Austin

Eugene S. Bagger


Winslow M. Bell

William Rose Benét

Florence Blackstone

Paul J. Blackstone

David William Bone

Albert Boni

Charles Boni

Ernest Augustus Boyd

Will Bradley

Berton Braley

Max M. Breslow

Heywood Broun

Albert Brush

Arthur Caesar

Henry Seidel Canby

Jonathan Cape

Gene Carr

Oscar Edward Cesare

Christine Challenger

Betty Ross Clarke

Helen Louise Cohen

Alta May Coleman

Seward Collins

Frank Conroy

George Cram Cook

John Cournos

Bosworth Crocker

J. Vincent Crowne

Homer Croy

Mary Carolyn Davies

Helena Smith Dayton

Fred Erving Dayton

Floyd Dell

S. A. DeWitt

Roy Dickinson

Charles Divine

Alice Willits Donaldson

John Dos Passos

Theodore Dreiser

Joseph Drum

Robert L. Eaton

Laurie York Erskine

Wilfred Ewart

Henry Guy Fangel

John Chipman Farrar

Hugh Ferriss

Arthur Davison Ficke

John Bernard Flannagan

Dwight Franklin

James Earle Fraser

Joseph Lewis French

Robert Frothingham

Barney Gallant

Porter Garnett

Susan Glaspell

Montague Glass

Joseph Gollomb

Herbert S. Gorman

Stephen Graham

Dorothy L. A. Grant

Harry Wagstaff Gribble

William Gropper

Louise Closser Hale

Harry Hansen

Sadakichi Hartmann

Josephine Herbst

John Herrmann

W. E. Hill

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Robert Cortes Holliday

Terence Holliday

Guy Holt

Holland Hudson

Peter Lord Templeton Hunt

Frank Townsend Hutchens

Lewis Jackson

Norman Jacobsen

Rutger Bleecker Jewett

Orrick Johns

Merle De Vore Johnson

Jeanne Judson

Harry Kemp

Bernice Lesbia Kenyon

John G. Kidd

William A. (William Albion) Kittredge

Eastwood Lane

Lawrence Langner

Christian Leden

Courtenay Lemon

Sinclair Lewis

Ludwig Lewisohn

Max Liebermann

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Preston Lockwood

Hendrick Willem Van Loon

Lingard Loud

Pierre Loving

Orson Lowell

C. R. Macauley

Kenneth Macgowan

Lawton Mackall

Hector MacQuarrie

John Albert Macy

Jane Mander

Don Marquis

H. A. Mathes

William McFee

Alexander McKay

Hawley McLanahan

Charles M. McLean

Ada Jaffray McVickar

Scudder Middleton

George Middleton

John Mistletoe

Roy Mitchell

Christopher Morley

Robert Nathan

Dudley Nichols

Robert Nichols

Charles Norman

Joseph Jefferson O'Neil

Florence O'Neill

Ivan Opffer

Martha Ostenso

Lou Paley

Edmund Lester Pearson

Basil H. Pillard

Ethel McClellan Plummer

Alexander Popini

William MacLeod Raine

Ben Ray Redman

Charles J. Reed

Lola Ridge

Felix Riesenberg

W. Adolphe Roberts

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin (Ted) Meade Robinson

Bruce Rogers

L. Stuart Rose

Herb Roth

Edward Royce

Tony Sarg

Jacob Salwyn Schapiro

Walter Schnackenberg

Thomas Seltzer

Fern Forrester Shay

Margaret Badollet Caldwell Shotwell

Emil Siebern

Upton Sinclair

John Sloan

Thorne Smith

David Tosh Smith

Robert A. Smith

Charles Somerville

Vincent Starrett

Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Donald Ogden Stewart

Gordon Stiles

Emily Strunsky

Genevieve Taggard

Gardner Teall

Sara Teasdale

Lloyd M. Thomas

Basil Thompson

Paul Thompson

Helen Thurlow

Adolph Treidler

Peter Underhill

Harvey P. Vaughn

Walter Vodges

C. A. Voight

Mary Heaton Vorse

Webb Waldron

J. Leeming Walker

Foster Ware

John V. A. Weaver

Luther E. Widen

Edward Arthur Wilson

Lily Winner

Robert L. Wolf

Cuthbert Wright


Theodore F. Zucker


Location on door: front, panel 1

Actors on the Screen

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Famous Bohemians

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Walt Whitman


The poet and art critic Carl Sadakichi Hartmann (1867-1944) was a Bohemian magnet of sorts who was involved in every possible artistic community or movement from an early age. As Ezra Pound wrote in 1938, "If one hadn't been oneself, it wd. have been worth while to have been Sadakichi." Hartmann was born on the artificial traders' island of Dejima in the bay of Nagasaki, Japan, to a Japanese mother and a German father. After spending his early years in Germany, he came to the United States at age 15. One of his formative experiences was being mentored by Walt Whitman, to whom he introduced himself at age 17 and knew until the poet's death. An advocate of Whitman's verse for his entire life, he also became an important advocate for the French Symboliste movement, and eventually for the burgeoning field of photography, publishing extensively in Alfred Stieglitz's influential magazine Camera Work. He spent time in Greenwich Village, and in 1915 was crowned the "King of Bohemia" by Guido Bruno. He also spent much of the 1910s in the Roycrofters Arts and Crafts colony in upstate New York, where he lived with his second of two wives. From the late 1890s on, Hartmann published his own poetry in magazine and book form, and, according to Kenneth Rexroth, was the first poet to write haiku and tanka in English. In the early 1920s he left New York for San Francisco and then Los Angeles. In 1923, John Barrymore helped him get the part of the magician in the film The Thief of Baghdad (whose intertitles were written by Achmed Addullah). Hartmann's film career never took off, but he became known as a film critic, artist, and as a flamboyant presence in Los Angeles art and film circles. In his early seventies he moved to a shack on the Morongo Indian reservation in the Southern California desert, where he lived until his death.

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    Creator: Hartmann, Sadakichi, 1867-1944

    Title: The Last Thirty Days of Christ

    Description: Printed by Egmont Arens with inscription and tipped-in letter from Hartmann to Thomas Hardy as well as Hardy's library bookplate

    Imprint: New York: Privately Printed, 1920

    Item Date: 1922

    Material Type: Monographs

    ADA Caption: The Last Thirty Days of Christ

    Curatorial Department: Book Collection

    Collection Name: Library of Thomas Hardy

    Stack Location: BT 309 H32

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The cover and preliminary pages of Thomas Hardy's inscribed copy of Sadakichi Hartmann's Last Thirty Days of Christ (New York, 1920)

This fictional narrative claims to be a translation of a surviving manuscript written by a follower of Jesus. The volume was printed by door signer Egmont Arens. This copy is one of almost 300 books owned by the novelist Thomas Hardy that reside at the Ransom Center.