Since the early 19th 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. This book analyzes the many shifting meanings that constitute bohemia and the bohemian. With a huge cast of real-life characters, from Chatterton to Jackson Pollock to Augustus John, she explores the bohemians eccentric use of dress, the role of sex and erotic love, the quest for excess, and their intransigent politics. She demonstrates how, rather than disappearing from Western culture, bohemia is at the core of the most heated cultural debates at the end of the second millennium.
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Elizabeth Wilson is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of North London. Her books include Adorned in Dreams, Hallucinations: Life in the Post-modern City and The Sphinx in the City.From Booklist:
A British professor of cultural studies weaves a heavily footnoted but clearly developed history of the idea and culture of the bohemian. Lord Byron was perhaps the first to embody the myths of art becoming life, of transgressive sexuality, and of opposition to bourgeois mentality. Wilson moves easily from London to Paris to New York's Greenwich Village and the Weimar Republic, from the nineteenth century to the 1960s, as she tells mesmerizing stories of Augustus John and Baudelaire, of Jackson Pollock and Neal Cassady, of Kiki and Caitlin Thomas. She illuminates the paradoxes inherent in the bohemian ideal, such as the view of drink as both enhancing the creative process and dulling the oversharp senses. She traces with particular skill the place of women, who almost universally end up in the role of support and mop-up. She even traces the "been there, done that" phrase to the early nineteenth-century Parisians, whose habitual response was a blase "Seen it!" Bohemian themes of dress, eroticism, and excess are thoroughly explored. Fascinating. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Descripción Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR004238359
Descripción I. B. Tauris, London, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: As New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: As New. 1st Edition. Huge cast of characters among the artists, intellectuals, radicals and hangers-on who populated the cafes, salons, and bars of London, New York, Paris and West Coast America.The myths and the facts and an enjoyable quest for the many shifting meanings that constitute bohemianism. Nº de ref. de la librería 002447
Descripción Estado de conservación: Very Good. little wear and scuff/grub marks to jacket, pages in nice condition, shipped from the UK. Nº de ref. de la librería 133/IN/575H