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Bohemians: The Glamorous Outcasts

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Since the early nineteenth century, the bohemian has been the protagonist of the story the West has wanted to hear about its artists-a story of genius, glamour, and doom. The bohemian takes on many guises: the artist dying in poverty like Modigliani or an outrageous entertainer like Josephine Baker. Elizabeth Wilson's enjoyable book is a quest for the many shifting meaning ...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Rutgers University Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Simon
Mar 21, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it
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Very wide ranging and full of fresh ideas about what bohemianism signified at different historical periods. The final chapter provokes questions on how we would define it in our own times, or indeed whether the shock tactics of previous bohemians could possibly be effective today. The book is very effective in demonstrating how fashionable society is always able to neutralise those who try to affront cultural notions of normality. Starts from the mid-19th century with Henry Murger's destitute ar ...more
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Max Nordau: Degenerates are not always criminals, anarchists, and pronounced lunatics; they are often authors and artists.
The bohemian is both a genius and a phoney, a debauchee and a puritan, a workaholic and a wastrel, his identity always dependent on its opposite.
In medieval and renaissance europe, the artist was the servant of society rather than its critic.
The myth of the bohemian represents an imaginary solution to the 'problem' of art in industrial Western societies. It seeks to re
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Nathalie
Jan 01, 2008 Nathalie rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the wild and sometimes tragic lives of those that created alternative artistic cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Maritza Noa-cabrera
Jul 03, 2014 Maritza Noa-cabrera rated it it was amazing
Reading this book I was transported back to those day, I could feel and see every detail and description written by Elizabeth Wilson, as an artist myself, I thought, I would've liked to be part of that era, a wonderful era.
Tremolo
Nov 15, 2008 Tremolo rated it really liked it
im using this book for a paper, and i appreciate it's fresh, unbiased take on bohemian culture. it exposes some of the hypocracies within various communities and offers revealing comparisons between european and american bohemia.

not dull, and a valuable asset for my cause. glad i found it!

Carol
Jan 15, 2009 Carol rated it it was ok
It really bothers me that all bohemians rebel in the same way. Also, it's hard to be seen reading this book without provoking smirks. Neither of these things are really Wilson's fault, and she strikes a nice balance between academic and popular writing, so perhaps I will try another book by her.
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