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Louise Bryant

Alfred A. Cohn, 1897 - 1972
Louise Bryant, 1885 - 1936
c. 1918
Gelatin silver print
Image: 16.8 x 10.2cm (6 5/8 x 4")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Alfred A. Cohn
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Louise Bryant is a figure remembered more for the people with whom she associated than for her own accomplishments. In mid-1914 she fell in love with radical journalist John Reed, and by year's end she was leaving her husband to live with Reed in New York's Greenwich Village. In the summer of 1917, she and Reed sailed for Europe to report on the Russian Revolution firsthand. Arriving in time to see the Marxian Bolsheviks triumph, both Bryant and Reed were convinced that they were witnessing the dawn of a new, socialized Eden. That bias did not prevent them, however, from becoming respected chroniclers of the Bolshevik takeover. While Reed's Ten Days that Shook the World was much praised for its accurate picture of the Revolution, Bryant's Six Red Months won plaudits for its portrayal of the human texture behind those events.
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