About the Program
Ben Tarnoff recounts Mark Twain's residence in San Francisco in the 1860's and the relationship he forged with three other writers that were collectively known as "the Bohemians." Twain, in conjunction with Bret Harte, Charles Stoddard, and Ina Coolbirth, spurred a literary movement that was marked by a frontier ethos and was reflective of the city's economic and cultural growth. The author reports that Twain, who arrived in San Francisco in 1863 at twenty-seven years old, doubted his writing while his compatriot, Bret Harte, was lauded. Ben Tarnoff speaks at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.