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What Is A Bohemian?
The literal definition and original meaning of the term "Bohemian," is a native or inhabitant of the region or former province of what is now western Czechoslovakia.
a timeless concept that
knows no geogrpahic boundaries.
In this context, Bohemia is not a place on a map but
any community of
whose paramount interest is literary or artistic in
Consequently, due to this interest, the lifestyle
of the Bohemian tends to differ dramatically from what
considered to be established norms.
Alphone de Calonne in his 1852 work, Voyage au
pays de Boheme,
"The land of Bohemia is a sad country, bounded on the
North by need, on the South by poverty, on the East by
illusion, and on
the West by the hospital.
It is irrigated by two inexhaustible streams:
imprudence and shame."
In 1904 George
Sterling, the San Francisco romantic poet defined a
someone with a "devotion to one or more of the Seven
Arts... and who
lives in poverty." He went on to state that "other
for instance, I like to think of my Bohemians as
young, as radical in
their outlook on art and life, as
Bohemian: "You have enough money to buy either art
supplies or a meal,
but not enough money
to buy both. Which would you buy?" If you chose art
qualify as a Bohemian.
There has been an historical fascination with the Bohemian lifestlye. The effort to locate Bohemia on the map and to define the attributes of Bohemians has been ongoing since Shakespeare's time.
The mission of the Institute For The Study Of Bohemian Literature is to study, collect and disseminate information about the Bohemian lifestlye and Bohemian literature from the early 1800's onward to the present.
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