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Bohemia in America, 1858-1920

Joanna Levin


This book explores the construction and emergence of “Bohemia” in American literature and culture. Simultaneously a literary trope, a cultural nexus, and a socio-economic landscape, la vie bohème traveled to the United States from the Parisian Latin Quarter in the 1850s. At first the province of small artistic coteries, Bohemia soon inspired a popular vogue, embodied in restaurants, clubs, neighborhoods, novels, poems, and dramatic performances across the country. This study follows la vie bohème from its earliest expressions in the U.S. until its explosion in Greenwich Village in the 1910s. A ... More

Keywords: Bohemia, la vie bohème, United States, Parisian Latin Quarter, Greenwich Village, American culture, American literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804760836
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Levin, author