Bohemian Paris: Culture, Politics, and the Boundaries of Bourgeois Life, 1830-1930.
New York: Viking, 1986. First Printing of the First US Edition. A Fine copy in a Very Good plus unclipped dust jacket with sunning to the spine and the top edge of the front panel. Seigel has written an important work, one which monitors the development of an extraordinary counterculture through all its evolutions and ambiguities during a constantly changing period of French history. Bohemian Paris was, of course, a uniquely creative entity; its art, ideas, literature, and lifestyles influenced (and were influenced by) the bourgeois world that was simultaneously taking shape. Seigel combines a sophisticated command of French history with an authoritative understanding of those who populated Bohemian Paris, e.g., Courbet, Rimbaud, Zola, and Cocteau. Though not an easy book, this represents a major contribution to social and intellectual history. Item #25231