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Bohemia in London by Arthur Ransome
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Bohemia in London (1907)

by Arthur Ransome

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Includes an interesting article on the bookshops on the Charing Cross Road - not quite the same these days.
  jon1lambert | Oct 3, 2015 |
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"Ce livre est toute ma jeunesse;
Je l'ai fait sans presque y songer,
Il y parait, je le confesse,
Et j'aurais pu le corriger.

Mais quand l'homme change sans cesse,
Au passe pourquoi rien changer?
Va-t'en, pauvre oiseau passenger;
Qui Dieu te mene a ton adresse!"
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'If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia...'
The Winter's Tale

Bohem'ian, a. & n. Socially unconventional (person) of free-and-easy habits, manners, and sometimes morals (esp. of artists, etc.) ... gypsy.
Concise Oxford Dictionary

Preface, 2002 edition.
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To M. P. Shiel
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This book would never have been begun if it had not been for the friendly suggestion of Miss Ocean Lee.

[Author's] Note, 1907 edition.
The idea of Bohemia and its life-style was well-known long before Arthur Ransome produced what has been described as his first real book in July 1907.

Preface, 2002 edition.
When authors are honest to themselves, they admit that their books are failures, in that they are never quite what they wished to make them.

Introductory chapter.
I had hesitated before coming fairly into Bohemia, and lived for some time in the house of relations a little way out of London, spending all my days in town, often, after a talking party in a Bloomsbury flat or a Fleet Street tavern, missing the last train out at night and being compelled to walk home in the early morning.

An arrival in Bohemia.
We now know that Ransome, in the process of gathering material for his autobiography, did reread Bohemia in London.

Epilogue, 1983.
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1st publ., Chapman & Hall, 1907; new ed., OUP, 1984; Amazon Publications limited subscribers' ed., 2002.
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