"Today, as of old, every man who enters on an artistic career,
without any other means of livelihood than his art itself, will be
forced to walk in the paths of Bohemia."-from the Preface
Based largely upon Henri Murger's own experiences and those of his
fellow artists, The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter was
originally produced as a play in 1849 and first appeared in book
form in 1851. It was an immediate sensation. The novel consists of
a series of interrelated episodes in the lives of a group of poor
friends-a musician, a poet, a philosopher, a sculptor, and a
painter-who attempt to maintain their artistic ideals while
struggling for food, shelter, and sex.
Set in the ancient Latin Quarter, a vibrant and cosmopolitan area
near the University of Paris, the novel is a masterful portrait of
nineteenth-century Parisian artistic life. "Bohemian" soon became
synonymous with "artist," and it is from Murger's novel that the
word and concept entered the English language. Drawn from real-life
characters and events, the themes of love, sacrifice, and "selling
out" are immediately recognizable to the modern reader.
Capturing the heart, spirit, and bittersweet humor of the world of
struggling artists, The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter is
the universal story of one's attempt to leave a mark on the
Subjects: Language & Literature
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