Bohemians of the Latin Quarter cover

Bohemians of the Latin Quarter

Henry Murger (1832-1861)

1. Author's Original Preface
2. I. How the Bohemian Club Was Formed (1)
3. I. How the Bohemian Club Was Formed (2)
4. I. How the Bohemian Club Was Formed (3)
5. II. A Good Angel
6. III. Lenten Loves
7. IV. Ali Rodolphe; or, The Turk Perforce
8. V. The Carlovingian Coin
9. VI. Mademoiselle Musette
10. VII. The Billows of Pactolus
11. VIII. The Cost of a Five Franc Piece
12. IX. The White Violets
13. X. The Cape of Storms
14. XI. A Bohemian Cafe
15. XII. A Bohemian "At Home" (1)
16. XII. A Bohemian "At Home" (2)
17. XIII. The House Warming
18. XIV. Mademoiselle MImi (1)
19. XIV. Mademoiselle MImi (2)
20. XV. Donec Gratus
21. XVI. The Passage of the Red Sea
22. XVII. The Toilette of the Graces (1)
23. XVII. The Toilette of the Graces (2)
24. XVIII. Francine's Muff (1)
25. XVIII. Francine's Muff (2)
26. XVIII. Francine's Muff (3)
27. XIX. Musette's Fancies (1)
28. XIX. Musette's Fancies (2)
29. XX. Mimi in Fine Feather (1)
30. XX. Mimi in Fine Feather (2)
31. XXI. Romeo & Juliet
32. XXII. Epilogue To The Loves Of Rodolphe And Mademoiselle Mimi (1)
33. XXII. Epilogue To The Loves Of Rodolphe And Mademoiselle Mimi (2)
34. XXII. Epilogue To The Loves Of Rodolphe And Mademoiselle Mimi (3)
35. XXIII. Youth is Fleeting

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Summary

As much as any other work of literature, Henri Murger’s 1851 collection of witty sketches Scènes de la vie de bohème shaped the later romanticized image of the bohemian artist: independent, insouciant, exuberantly lustful, devoted to Art for Art’s sake no matter how cold and hungry the artist might be. Four young Parisian artists, Schaunard the composer, Marcel the painter, Rodolphe the poet, and Colline the philosopher, form an informal Bohemian alliance dedicated to Art and the joy of Life. Pretty and faithless young mistresses come and go from their beds, most notably Mimi, Phémie, and Musette, while the young artists do their best to foil their creditors and feed their bellies on the way to artistic glory. Resisting the conforming forces of Success and Society is their greatest challenge, and in the end the question is: Does a time come at last to give up the joys of Bohemia? ( Expatriate)