Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939

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Harper Collins, Mar 1, 2005 - History - 400 pages
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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).

 

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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 ... Read full review

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I am mixed on this book, there was a lot of history in this book, I learned a lot and it is a very approachable book in it's style, but quite often I had a hard time getting past the apologist nature ... Read full review

Contents

Paying the Price
1
All for Love
31
Children of Light
67
Dwelling with Beauty
99
Glorious Apparel
128
Feast and Famine
163
New Brooms
194
The Open Road
221
Evenings of Friendliness
249
Epilogue
281
Monetary Equivalents
291
Notes on Sources
312
Acknowledgements
333
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Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After studying at Cambridge University she lived in France and Italy and then worked as a documentary researcher for BBC television. Her first book, Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden -- written in collaboration with her father, Quentin Bell -- was an account of the Sussex home of her grandmother, the painter Vanessa Bell -- Virginia Woolf's sister. She is married, has three children and lives in Sussex, England.

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