Tuesday, 21 October 2008

La bohème

The Bohemian is by nature, if not by habit, a cosmopolite, with a general sympathy for the fine arts, and for all things above and beyond convention. The Bohemian is not, like the creature of society, a victim of rules and customs; he steps over them with an easy, graceful, joyous unconnsciousness, guided by the principles of good taste and feeling. Above all others, essentially, the Bohemian must not be narrow minded; if he be, he is degraded back to the position of near worlding. -    Ada Clare, known to New York in the 1860s as the Queen of Bohemia.

Mrs Fairbairn (Nancy Cunard) by Alvaro Guevara 1919

Tell me whom you haunt, and I'll tell you who you are. - Surrealist André Breton

Nancy Cunard - Heiress, Muse, Political
by Lois Gordon, who said, My goal is to give Nancy Cunard what seems to me to be her rightful place in history.
Listen to Gordon discuss her book on NPR's, All Things Considered.

Nancy Cunard by Man Ray

Nancy Cunard (Nancy with bracelets) by Man Ray 1926

An important and original copy of Negro, from Bolerium .

Nancy Cunard edited and published Negro in 1934. A 900-page anthology of black history and culture and a call to condemn racial discrimination and appreciate the . . . accomplishments of a long-suffering people. Its contributors included Theodore Dreiser, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes.

All that remains is a furious sense of indignation. - Nancy Cunard

Now playing: Ethel Waters - Stormy Weather
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Toby Worthington said...

Years ago someone sent a postcard of Nancy Cunard decked out in bracelets, a variation on the Man Ray pose but by Beaton. Stuck into a corner of the frame to my bathroom mirror, it becomes the first thing I focus on each day. Nancy was a law unto herself!

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

TW - I have the same image on my pin board above my desk. I have had it since I was at school. We have been through a lot, she and I.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

She really was dazzling, no? Bearer of a fierce, fantastic beauty. An eagle compared to her mother's chickadee.

katiedid said...

Thank you for the addition to my book reading list. I will be looking for a copy of the Gordon book ASAP. I am at the same time woefully ignorant and very interested!


I need to get my butt in gear and do some reading and research on this amazing woman! Thanks for the heads up. She truly does look fierce and determined.
Lisa & Alfie