Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939
They ate garlic and didn't always bathe; they listened to Wagner and worshiped Diaghilev; they sent their children to coeducational schools, explored homosexuality and free love, vegetarianism and Post-impressionism. They were often drunk and broke, sometimes hungry, but they were of a rebellious... show more
They ate garlic and didn't always bathe; they listened to Wagner and worshiped Diaghilev; they sent their children to coeducational schools, explored homosexuality and free love, vegetarianism and Post-impressionism. They were often drunk and broke, sometimes hungry, but they were of a rebellious spirit. Inhabiting the same England with Philistines and Puritans, this parallel minority of moral pioneers lived in a world of faulty fireplaces, bounced checks, blocked drains, whooping cough, and incontinent cats. They were the bohemians. Virginia Nicholson -- the granddaughter of painter Vanessa Bell and the great-niece of Virginia Woolf -- explores the subversive, eccentric, and flamboyant artistic community of the early twentieth century in this "wonderfully researched and colorful composite portrait of an enigmatic world whose members, because they lived by no rules, are difficult to characterize" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Publish date: March 1st 2005
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Biography Memoir
, Counter Culture
, Cultural Studies
I'm wavering between two and three stars. This was not what I expected, but really it's my mistake since Virginia Nicholson is upfront about the fact that she is primarily interested in social history on a micro level: What did the bohemians eat for lunch? What sort of clothes did they wear? How did...
Ok, so I didn't read the entire book, in fact I spent three hours dipping into each of the chapters having read the first two chapters in their entirety. Ultimately I was disappointed. The book has a few great anecdotes however my attention frequently wandered and few stories seemed particularly su...
I love this book for its insight into unconventional lives and the enumeration of the ways people find to be happy, even when poor or unsuccessful in their chosen line. Most of the people mentioned are not famous for their art, but for the way they helped shift the collective mind away from the stuf...