Bohemianism and Counter-Culture

Literary Representations

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The ideas of Bohemia spread to a wider audience because of the works of authors. Novels such as Les Miserables, Scenes de la Vie de Boheme, and Trilby were best-sellers; everyone seemed to be fascinated with the idea of carefree Bohemians and student life.

These books also play an important role in historians' understanding of Bohemia. In addition to being entertaining stories, many of these novels can also be considered primary sources: their authors lived a Bohemian life, and based their works on their own experiences.