George Sterling (December 1, 1869 – November 17, 1926) was an American writer based in the San Francisco, California Bay Area and Carmel-by-the-Sea. He was considered a prominent poet and playwright and proponent of Bohemianism during the first quarter of the twentieth century.
- November 17, 1926 (aged 56), San Francisco, California U.S.
- George Ansel Sterling III, December 1, 1869, Sag Harbor, Suffolk County, New York City U.S.
- Writer, poet, playwright
The life and works of George Sterling including poems, plays, fiction, nonfiction a gallery of images, bibliography and critical articles on his work and life George Sterling (1869-1926); King of Bohemia and central figure in the Californian literary scene of the early twentieth century.
George Sterling was born in Sag Harbor, New York, and after studying poetry and considering the priesthood in seminary, he moved to California to work in real estate. He was the author of many poetry collections, including The Testimony of the Suns, and Other Poems (1903), A Wine of Wizardry and Other Poems (1909), Beyond the Breakers and Other Poems (1914), and Selected Poems (1923).
George Sterling prepares for the performance of The Triumph of Bohemia at the Bohemian Grove, Sonoma County, c. 1907. photo: City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA. Though once hailed by Ambrose Bierce as the future "poet of the skies, prophet of the suns," the San Francisco poet George Sterling is no longer read, even locally.
Background George Sterling was born on December 1, 1869 in Sag Harbor, New York, United States. His mother, Mary Parker Havens, came from a family that had immigrated to the area in 1698; her father was one of the Puritan patriarchs of the town.
Sep 27, 2021 · George Sterling (December 1, 1869 – November 17, 1926) was an American poet and playwright based in California who, during his lifetime, was celebrated on the Pacific coast as one of the great American poets, although he never gained equivalent success in the rest of the United States.
- Carrie E. Rand(m. 1896; div. 1915)
George Sterling was born to a prominent family in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York in 1869. His father wanted him to become a priest, so George at age 17 was sent to a Catholic college in Maryland where his studies included poetry -- the priesthood's loss was literature's gain. In 1892, Sterling met Ambrose Bierce, who he called "The Master".