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The Bohemians-Ben Tarnoff 

It wasn’t all misery, however. Schoolchildren filled the library, and she loved to recommend reading for them. One of her young patrons was Jack London. He first came into library as a ten-year-old, and pulled a book on Pizarro’s conquest of Peru off the shelf. Coolbrith praised his choice, and London never forgot it. “You were the first one who ever complimented me on my choice of reading matter,” he told her twenty years later. “Nobody at home bothered their heads over what I read.” He held her in awe: “You were a goddess to me…No woman has so affected me to the extent you did.” (253) 

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