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Relationships of Menken, Adah

To explore the relationships between the various bohemian writers and artists who frequented Pfaff's bar, select a person or group, and then select a relationship type. This section of the site is currently under construction; new content is being added on a regular basis.

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Twain, Mark (1835-1910)

Mark Twain was not as taken with Menken as other male writers were and was actually quite critical of what Thomas Schirer calls Menken's "substitution of sexual illusion for acting ability."


Brougham, John (1810-1880)

Clare, Ada (1836-1874)

It is very likely that Ada Clare appeared onstage with Menken, Brougham, and others.

Daly, John Augustin (1838-1899)

Montez, Lola (1820-1861)

Personne (Wilkins) describes Menken as "a prarie Lola Montez" (3).

Newell, Robert Henry (1836-1901)

Henry Newell, editor of the New York Sunday Mercury, "had been attracted by this vivacious woman" and began printing her poetry in early 1860.

Whitman, Walt (1819-1892)

Menken wrote an extremely favorable review of Whitman's Leaves of Grass which was published in the Sunday Mercury.

Menken was an enthusiastic admirer of Whitman's work, and she may have written an enthusiastic review of Leaves of Grass for the Sunday Mercury.


Clare, Ada (1836-1874)

Menken is mentioned as a friend of Ada Clare.

Eytinge, Rose (1838-1911)

Eytinge says of Menken's voice "never, either before or since, have I heard anything so perfect in sound as that voice."

Whitman, Walt (1819-1892)

Menken was one of the women that came to Whitman's aid in defending his controversial poems.