Stillman's The Autobiography of a Journalist (1901), Vol. 1

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Stillman's The Autobiography of a Journalist (1901), Vol. 1

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Charlotte Cushman is mentioned on pages 359-365.
Cushman and her "clique" (365) included Miss Stebbins, Harriet Hosmer, "and one or two others of lesser fame" (359).
He states that she used her fame or even Stillman (critic) to denounce other sculptors and those in her way. He calls it "demolition" (359).
When Stillman became consul he could not work as a critic anymore and, thus, was of no use to Cushman. Consequently, he explains that the relationship cooled off. Eventually, she used his absence (Stillman was in Crete) to make Ned consul. He uses the idea of social capital in order to describe her way of proceeding with regard to family, clique, and professional matters.
He characterizes his relationship to her as "war" after it having been "cordial" (359) in the beginning.
He characterizes Cushman as "womanly malice" (359), "diabolical magnetism" (361), "not at all scrupulous" (361), "most dangerous member of society" (359), clever, and as someone who pretended to be benevolent.

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Hathi Trust

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Stillman, William James, 1828-1901

Publisher

Mifflin and Co.

Date

1901

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Location

Boston

Geocode (Latitude)

42.3602534

Geocode (Longitude)

-71.0582912

Secondary Texts: Comments

"Cushman's relationship with the American consul at Rome, William Stillman, was only cordial at best and it deteriorated into blatant antagonism when in late 1864 Cushman used her influence with Secretary of State William Seward to have Stillman replaced by her nephew. In his autobiography, Stillman referred to the extraordinary power which Cushman could wield over those whom she chose to fascinate." (Milroy 1994, 13)

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Stillman, William James, 1828-1901, “Stillman's The Autobiography of a Journalist (1901), Vol. 1,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed January 23, 2021, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/64.

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