spent its time in Parisian Cafes, especially Cafe
Momus, a spot that Murger discovered which soon became
a prime meeting place for the bohemian community.
was unsuccessful for awhile, but he was determined to move
out of his bohemian lifestyle and into the realms of the bourgeoisie.
To him, bohemianism was a means to an end, and by no means
a permanent condition.
point came when a journal called the Corsaire-Satan
agreed to publish some of Murger's short sketches. Some of
these sketches were about bohemian life, but it wasn't until
the 4th installment that Murger used that now famous title,
de la Boheme. It is important to note that Murger
was not the first to use the term, only the first to popularize
it. He published 2-dozen episodes based on his bohemian life,
but what really established bohemia in the public eye was
the production in 1849 of a musical play version and the published
collection of the tales in 1851. Still later productions like
Puccini's opera La Boheme and the hit Broadway Musical
Rent would continue Bohemia's
the meantime, interest in bohemia by the mainstream culture
was sparked, and Murger came into renown and got the success
he had worked for for so long. However, he never stopped insisting
that Bohemian living should always be viewed as a temporary
existence. People who were unable to see beyond it and move
into the next stage of life would destroy themselves.