There is a good chance William Stuttmeister knew Joaquin Miller because he lived below him in the Oakland Hills.
Joaquin Miller and his brother were born in Coburg. These are newspapermen and Bohemians. Note the play with “The Queen of Bohemia”. It appears Anita Miller and her father’s friends were conducting Bohemian Grove Plays at Woodminster.
Sterling’s poetry is both visionary and mystical, but he also wrote ribald quatrains that were often unprintable and left unpublished. His style reflects the Romantic charm of such poets as Shelley, Keats and Poe, and he provided guidance and encouragement to the similarly-inclined Clark Ashton Smith at the beginning of Smith’s own career.
Sterling carried a vial of cyanide for many years. When asked about it he said, “A prison becomes a home if you have the key”. Finally in November 1926, Sterling used it at his residence at the San Francisco Bohemian Club after not receiving an expected visit from H.L. Mencken. Kevin Starr…
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