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Bohemians: A Graphic History by Paul Buhle
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Bohemians: A Graphic History

by Paul Buhle (Editor), David Berger (Editor)

Other authors: Paul Buhle (Introduction), Luisa Cetti (Author), Mark Crilley (Author), Matt Howarth (Illustrator), Sabrina Jones (Illustrator)15 more, Milton Knight (Illustrator), Peter Kuper (Illustrator), David Lasky (Illustrator), Summer McClinton (Illustrator), Afua Richardson (Illustrator), Trina Robbins (Author), Spain Rodriguez (Illustrator), Sharon Rudhal (Author), Joel Schecter (Author), Spain (Illustrator), Dan Steffan (Author), Steve Stiles (Illustrator), Nick Thorkelson (Author), Anne Timmons (Illustrator), Lance Tooks (Illustrator)

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"The nineteenth-century countercultures that came to define the bohemian lifestyle spanned both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from Walt Whitman to Josephine Baker, and from Gertrude Stein to Thelonius Monk. Bohemians is the graphic history of this movement and its illustrious figures, recovering the utopian ideas behind millennial communities, and covering the rise of Greenwich Village, the multiracial and radical jazz world, and West Coast and Midwest bohemians, among other scenes. Drawn by an all-star cast of comics artists, including rising figures like Sabrina Jones, Lance Tooks, and Summer McClinton, alongside established artists like Peter Kuper and Spain Rodriguez, Bohemians is a broad and entertaining account of the rebel impulse in American cultural history"--"The countercultures that came to define bohemia spanned the Atlantic, from Walt Whitman to Josephine Baker, and from Gertrude Stein to Thelonious Monk. Bohemians is the graphic history of this movement and its illustrious figures, recovering the utopian ideas behind millennial communities, the rise of Greenwich Village and Harlem, the multiracial and radical jazz and dance worlds, and West Coast, Southern, and Midwest bohemias, among other scenes. Drawn by an all-star cast of comics artists, Bohemians is a broad and entertaining account of the rebel impulse in American cultural history"--… (more)

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The nineteenth-century countercultures that came to define the bohemian lifestyle spanned both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from Walt Whitman to Josephine Baker, and from Gertrude Stein to Thelonius Monk. Bohemians is the graphic history of this movement and its illustrious figures, recovering the utopian ideas behind millennial communities SOFT
  JRCornell | Jan 29, 2019 |
Sucked hard.

Received via NetGalley. ( )
  amanda4242 | Dec 1, 2014 |
Bohemian as defined by the Oxford dictionary: "a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts". This is a non-fiction graphic anthology that tells the history of "bohemianism" from the 1840s to the 1950s/early 60s stopping just prior to the "Beat Generation". Each chapter is written and/or illustrated by a different author/artist making for a varied reading experience. The book is hard for me to rate as I will relate. However, I did enjoy the book very much as an historical and biographical text of a certain type of artist during this time period. I'm well-read in Victorian and pre-WWII history so found the first part of this book familiar territory for me and mostly what I had expected from the book. Stories of the artistic type (writers, dancers, artists, poets, etc and those who supported them) that defies social conventions, gathers in salons, talks about current events with disapproval, is involved in scandal, lives without moderation and is sexually promiscuous. The book concentrates on the American scene and in this part of the book we are first introduced to Bohemian origins in artisan Paris, then move to the New World with Julia Branch, Ada Clare, Walt Whitman, Victorian suffragists with artistic bents, Gertrude Stein et al. and Oscar Wilde. This is all in keeping with the subject of the book and the Bohemian becomes recognized as someone who agonizes and suffers over their art, is sexually permissive and deviant mostly involving multiple lovers of either sex, adultery and sexual relations outside of marriage. It is also quite plain from the beginning of the text that the author is very left wing as he blatantly speaks as though being anti-Communist is a *bad* thing (?!) It is then at this point where I found the book frustrating, though I still enjoyed the material, found the historical information interesting and learned a lot of new things personally. However, the editors seem to have lost touch with the topic as the next section is all about Communists and Communist sympathizers who were artists. Does being an ultra left-wing artist make you Bohemian? Then the last part of the book is about African-American artists (mostly musicians and dancers) who of course were engaged in the Civil Rights movement. Was it socially unconventional for a black person to be fighting for civil rights? I would suggest not. I expected to find Josephine Baker here, rightly so, but Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Langston Hughes? So two of them were either bi. or *may* have been gay; they didn't lead flamboyant, promiscuous lifestyles. Does simply being black, an artist and possibly a closeted gay make you Bohemian. Again, referring back to Oxford's definition I think not. So in the end, I enjoyed the book as a strangely unconnected history. The information was entertaining and interesting; the comic art was well done and I knew several of the illustrators involved (Milton Knight, Lance Tooks, Matt Howarth, etc) but the editors failed to provide a clear understanding of Bohemians and prove it with specific examples. ( )
  ElizaJane | Apr 17, 2014 |
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Buhle, PaulEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, DavidEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Buhle, PaulIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cetti, LuisaAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crilley, MarkAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howarth, MattIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, SabrinaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knight, MiltonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kuper, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lasky, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McClinton, SummerIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Richardson, AfuaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robbins, TrinaAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rodriguez, SpainIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rudhal, SharonAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schecter, JoelAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
SpainIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steffan, DanAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stiles, SteveIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thorkelson, NickAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Timmons, AnneIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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