Bohemia is a hard country to place, yet it was utterly familiar to the people who inhabited it from the turn of the 20th century until the outbreak of World War II, a place where to be different was to be accepted. Here they felt at home and among friends: the disparate, eccentric club of artists, some rich, some poor, talented and untalented, who believed in friendship more than family and who by their very differences proclaimed to be part of a confederacy. Among these self-styled Bohemians were Ralph Partridge, Nancy Nicholson, Arthur Ransome, Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolfe, Duncan Grant, Katherine Mansfield, Dylan and Caitlin Thomas. These people were in the avant-garde not only for their art, but possibly even more significantly, of a new kind of social life which has become so accepted today that we barely notice how utterly we have assimilated it and made it on our own. Subversive, eccentric and flamboyant, the Bohemians embarked on a quiet revolution that refashioned the way we live our daily lives. They re-invented the home, rejecting and questioning old rules and embraced creativity in every part of their lives.
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Virginia Nicholson is the granddaughter of Vanessa Bell. A freelance journalist and researcher, she is Deputy Chairman of The Charleston Trust. Her first book was Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden. Virginia Nicholson lives in Sussex.
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Book Description William Morrow, U.S.A., 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. NEW. Bookseller Inventory # 16JANBB1201
Book Description William Morrow, 2004. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Subversive, eccentric and flamboyant, the artistic community in England in the first half of the twentieth century was engaged in the bold experiment of refashioning not just their art, but their daily lives. They reinvented the home, challenging and rejecting the smug certainties of the Victorian bourgeoisie, in what amounted to a domestic revolution. From Roy Campbell's recipe for bouillabaisse to Iris Tree cutting off her braid and leaving it behind on a train, creativity entered every aspect of these people's lives. Bohemians ate garlic and didn't always bathe; they listened to Wagner and worshipped Diaghilev; they sent their children to coeducational schools, explored homosexuality and free love, vegetarianism and Postimpres-sionism. They were often drunk and broke, sometimes hungry, but they were of a rebellious spirit. Inhabiting the same England with Phil-istines and Puritans was a parallel minority of moral pioneers, traveling third class and coping with faulty fireplaces. This is a book about a search for truth and beauty in small things; it is also about sacrifice, liberty, class conflict and the generation war. In many cases, Bohemia's headlong idealism collided disastrously with the demands of everyday life. Accompanying the victories in this rebellion was an anarchic clutter of bounced checks, blocked drains, whooping cough, and incontinent cats. Sometimes artists felt lost amid the turmoil of new freedoms. Contempt for convention led all too often to poverty, divorce, addiction and even death. Many of the heroes and heroines of this transitional time are half-forgotten, neglected characters from the footnotes of history who achieved little of artistic durability. Their voices have seldom been heard, but their valiant approach to the art of living deserves to be celebrated. For where they led, we have followed. Gradually, imperceptibly, Bohemia changed society. Among the Bohemians testifies to that quiet revolution. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060548452
Book Description William Morrow, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060548452
Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060548452 This is a hardcover book with dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 327.K16
Book Description William Morrow, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060548452