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Bohemians: The Glamorous Outcasts (Anglais) Relié – 1 novembre 2000


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'Her intellectual enthusiam, ironic humour and delight in bohemian absurdity make this a fascinating book to read.' --Sheila Rowbotham, Financial Times

'...a book that is intricately informative, expertly researched and highly entertaining.' --Literary Review --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Since the early nineteenth century, the bohemian has been the hero of the story the West has wanted to hear about its artists: a story of genius, glamour and doom. The bohemian is variously the artist dying in poverty like Chatterton or Modigliani, a successful self-destroyer like Jackson Pollock, or a celebrity like Nina Hamnett. Elizabeth Wilson s remakable, enjoyable 'Bohemians' is a quest for the many shifting meanings that constitute bohemianism. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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HASH(0x966c0e58) étoiles sur 5 Rehash of familiar facts and anecdotes. 25 mars 2007
Par Helmut Schwarzer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Another unnecessary tome of the "publish or perish" variety. It merely documents that the author has identified and consulted written accounts of the phenomenon from the last 150 years and patched together a narrative that is very much of the cut-and-paste variety. No original research is evidenced; and where the author had the opportunity to correct gross errors of fact in sources quoted, it's just too much bother. To wit: on p. 237, "La Goulue...still there in the 1930s... In the background..stands an old man...Valentin-le-Désossé, her old dancing partner." Well, La Goulue was dead by early 1929 (30 Jan. to be exact), and her partner Valentin had slipped back into the perfectly bourgeois existence that he emerged from - to die in 1907.

On p. 246, Mrs. Wilson gives us two paragraphs on a "certain" Dr. Walter Serner (1889-1942). She appears to know nothing about him as a writer (of brilliantly unique short stories), but insists that he eventually disappears in the Soviet Union, "perhaps in search of the bohemian's always elusive utopia".

This romanticizing nonsense is especially galling, considering that Serner suffered the usual fate the Nazis had in store for Jews: he and his wife were arrested in Prague in 1942 and murdered a few months later, probably in Auschwitz.

The author's website tells us that she has written an autobiography at age 45, and is a feminist, lesbian and social activist. I'd say stick to it.
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HASH(0x964f5018) étoiles sur 5 not such a bad book. 18 mai 2009
Par kafkette - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
i actually really like this book & i am not an intellectual featherweight. i agree to an extent w/ the above- or belownoted comments; there are probably wavery facts herein. i wish there werent. unfortunately, that is something i see continually in non-fiction books, particularly bothersome when the reader [such as the other reviewer or myself] actually knows the obscure facts. i would say this problem is an artefact of the postpostmodern age, but i am certain it predates it. having seen so many supposed historical accounts resplendent w/ the same issues, i can only wonder how much we really know about anything that predates or is distant from our own situational awareness.

this book is, however, an excellent overview of a subject which should have but strangely has not been accorded too much book length scrutiny. since the bohemian contingent of postpostmodern life has been co-opted into the macrocosm &, in commitment, reduced to the nanocosm, perhaps people who pick this up will be more inspired & enlightened. @this point, there is not that much better in this realm for which one can hope.
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HASH(0x964ba3cc) étoiles sur 5 Posers: the history 12 février 2011
Par R. Sherwood - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Elizabeth Wilson's work on bohemians is primarily an academic or historical study, meant to answer the question, "who were the bohemians?" She proceeds to answer the question in thoroughly historical and academic fashion, addressing different phases and locations of Bohemia over time, along with its leading figures. Wilson also covers the various ideologies held by the bohemians, as well as setting forward theories regarding the reason for the endurance and existence of this kind of enduring counter-culture. I rather wish this book had been included in my college history class on the Beats and Hippies, for while we did cover some of their bohemian predecessors, nothing was as extensive as Bohemians: the glamorous outcasts.

Particularly of note are the many chapters Wilson devoted to women in bohemian circles, as well as some of the other self-contradicting aspects of these counter-cultural personage's lives. Bohemians may have talked an awful lot about personal freedom and liberation, for example, but in reality many of the men kept their women in very traditional home roles. Wilson also spends time on the ways in which bohemians reacted to their haunts and activities becoming publicized or entering the mainstream which they opposed. Later chapters also touch on different philosophies and rebellious attitudes that overlapped with bohemia, such as hippies, punks, communism and postmodernism. Of course, as with many academic books, there never is a single clear answer to the stated question of who the bohemians were, if only because it changed over time.

For being an academic work, complete with extensive footnotes at the end of chapters, Bohemians: the glamorous outcasts makes for a fairly compelling read, especially since it covers such interesting topics. Wilson begins with theories about art in the modern world, and ends with a commentary on pop culture, giving it a very broad range of relevancy, in terms of potential readers at a collegiate level. I could even see it being used in a modern history survey class, at least individual chapters, though it is more geared towards history of the counter-culture or art and literature. I certainly found it to be an eye-opening look at the modern world.
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