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Among the bohemians : experiments in living, 1900-1939 (udgave 2002)

af Virginia Nicholson

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Virginia Nicholson's Among the Bohemians is a portrait of England's artistic community in the first half of the twentieth century, engaged in a grand experiment. Subversive, eccentric and flamboyant - the Bohemians ate garlic and didn't always wash; they painted and danced and didn't care what people thought. They sent their children to co-ed schools; explored homosexuality and Free Love. They were often drunk, broke and hungry but they were rebels. In this fascinating book Virginia Nicholson examines the way the Bohemians refashioned the way we live our lives. 'Interesting, gorgeous, wonderful.... this book displays the best of bohemia itself - playful, dazzling, original' Julie Burchill, Spectator 'Racy, vivacious, warm-hearted. Offers an illuminating and well-researched portrait of life among the artists, a century ago' TLS Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has worked as a documentary researcher for BBC Television and 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. Her second book, Among the Bohemians- Experiments in Living 1900-1939, was published by Penguin in 2002. She lives in Sussex. %%%Virginia Nicholson's Among the Bohemians is a portrait of England's artistic community in the first half of the twentieth century, engaged in a grand experiment. Subversive, eccentric and flamboyant - the Bohemians ate garlic and didn't always wash; they painted and danced and didn't care what people thought. They sent their children to co-ed schools; explored homosexuality and Free Love. They were often drunk, broke and hungry but they were rebels. In this fascinating book Virginia Nicholson examines the way the Bohemians refashioned the way we live our lives. 'Interesting, gorgeous, wonderful.... this book displays the best of bohemia itself - playful, dazzling, original' Julie Burchill, Spectator 'Racy, vivacious, warm-hearted. Offers an illuminating and well-researched portrait of life among the artists, a century ago' TLS Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has worked as a documentary researcher for BBC Television and 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. Her second book, Among the Bohemians- Experiments in Living 1900-1939, was published by Penguin in 2002. She lives in Sussex.… (mere)
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Titel:Among the bohemians : experiments in living, 1900-1939
Forfattere:Virginia Nicholson
Info:New York : William Morrow, c2002.
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Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939 af Virginia Nicholson

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Several stars off for coyness. I felt like a goose being force fed popcorn. ( )
  Cr00 | Apr 1, 2023 |
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 and I have been reading books about their individual lives for thirty years. Virginia Nicholson is Vanessa Bell's grand-daughter, daughter of Quentin Bell who also wrote books I have read. This book barely mentions Virginia Woolf her namesake, but then Virginia Woolf was not a bohemian. So many familiar names..Ottoline Morrell, Carrington, Bunny Garrnett and all of them fascinating. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Apr 9, 2020 |
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 of her writing about the group of people who made up "Bohemia", everything was honorable and beautiful and well intentioned and dedicated to art...even when it wasn't and no matter what it was, which leads the author to gloss over some pretty despicable behavior including incest and various forms of abusive behavior.

That said I do feel I learned a lot and have a pretty good feel for that lifestyle and period of time and it was well worth reading. The author does get into not just the cutler of Bohemia but the culture of the times that it was rebelling against, which did often put much of their behavior into a much clearer light and allowed me to make my own conclusions about their lives despite the rose colored glasses worn by the author. ( )
  Kellswitch | Jan 1, 2012 |
I like this a lot. It’s about artists and writers who did radical things like practice free love, live in garrets, and move to the south of France. People were shocked because the men grew beards and the women wore pants. She’s Virginia Woolf’s great-niece so she probably knows what she’s talking about. ( )
1 stem piemouth | Jun 11, 2010 |
What an excellent book. Its focus is on a fundamentally unpleasant (or unconventional?) group of English people living in the period from 1900 to the start of the Second World War. Around them Virginia Nicholson has woven a social history of a time of disruptive change and dislocation. It was a time when class based society where everyone knew their place and behaved accordingly was giving way under a number of pressures. It was a time when consumerism was gearing up. It was a time of conflict between those who tried to hang on to the old order and those wanting to embrace something different.

Not only a biography of a number of well-known artists, novelists, playwrights and so on, it is an entertaining look at a time which has parallels with our own. Well worth a read. ( )
3 stem broughtonhouse | Mar 31, 2008 |
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Virginia Nicholson's Among the Bohemians is a portrait of England's artistic community in the first half of the twentieth century, engaged in a grand experiment. Subversive, eccentric and flamboyant - the Bohemians ate garlic and didn't always wash; they painted and danced and didn't care what people thought. They sent their children to co-ed schools; explored homosexuality and Free Love. They were often drunk, broke and hungry but they were rebels. In this fascinating book Virginia Nicholson examines the way the Bohemians refashioned the way we live our lives. 'Interesting, gorgeous, wonderful.... this book displays the best of bohemia itself - playful, dazzling, original' Julie Burchill, Spectator 'Racy, vivacious, warm-hearted. Offers an illuminating and well-researched portrait of life among the artists, a century ago' TLS Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has worked as a documentary researcher for BBC Television and 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. Her second book, Among the Bohemians- Experiments in Living 1900-1939, was published by Penguin in 2002. She lives in Sussex. %%%Virginia Nicholson's Among the Bohemians is a portrait of England's artistic community in the first half of the twentieth century, engaged in a grand experiment. Subversive, eccentric and flamboyant - the Bohemians ate garlic and didn't always wash; they painted and danced and didn't care what people thought. They sent their children to co-ed schools; explored homosexuality and Free Love. They were often drunk, broke and hungry but they were rebels. In this fascinating book Virginia Nicholson examines the way the Bohemians refashioned the way we live our lives. 'Interesting, gorgeous, wonderful.... this book displays the best of bohemia itself - playful, dazzling, original' Julie Burchill, Spectator 'Racy, vivacious, warm-hearted. Offers an illuminating and well-researched portrait of life among the artists, a century ago' TLS Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has worked as a documentary researcher for BBC Television and 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. Her second book, Among the Bohemians- Experiments in Living 1900-1939, was published by Penguin in 2002. She lives in Sussex.

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