The Idler Volume 13

The Idler Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...and art attract to themselves men who are clothed and in their right mind. There is hot and cold water in Grub Street---and, appalling heresy, we have forgotten the very ballads which our literary forefathers roared so loudly, and often, I fear, so incoherently. Bohemianism has survived these and their music; it will survive even the latter-day eccentricities which flourish in the shadow of its name. U U' U I Q No, I am not extinct, but I sometimes fear that all the other Allen UPW"d Bohemians are. In my opinion Bohemianism has been killed by 'm"'1';n'e'f""" that inrush of wealth upon the literary profession over which Sir Y' Walter Besant is always chortling, but which I regard with undis guised aversion and regret. My own existence is one long struggle between Bohemian instincts and an excessive income. Were my earnings only ten shillings a week I could spend my days in a gipsy van, and my nights in a hayloft, without exciting remark. As things are, I dare not even travel third-class, or put up at a temperance hotel, for fear of being regarded as an eccentric and dangerous character. In London (with one exception) authors are fast becoming recognised as the most respectable class of the community, and an author is preferred, as a reference, to a clergyman or banker. In the provinces the Bohemian tradition dies hard. Landladies are still chary of letting their lodgings to an actor--but then we have Mr. Clement Scott's word for it that Bohemianism is not extinct behind the footlights. My own relatives do not conceal from me that they regard my excursions into literature as a social fall; but then I never was proud. Robert Louis Stevenson always seemed to me the ideal...show more

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  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817311
  • 9781236817310