Bohemia; or, La Bohème

A Play in Five Acts
by Theodore Barriere (Author), Henry Murger (Author)
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Henry Murger wrote a series of popular short stories in the late 1840s describing the poverty of the young artists of his generation in Paris, basing them on his personal experiences. These were adapted for the stage by Théodore Barrière in 1857. The play follows the fortunes of several young people, including Marcel (a painter), Musette (his promiscuous lover), Rodolphe (a writer), and Mimi (his faithful but fatally ill companion). Unable to support themselves from their art, they are doomed either to sell out or die of despair and the bad living conditions they're forced to endure. But all remain bright, sympathetic characters full of optimism, despite their lack of commercial success. It's the eternal story of talented youth struggling against a bourgeois society that doesn't appreciate them. Barrière and Murger's work later formed the basis of Puccini's enormously successful opera, La Bohème. A wonderfully romantic musical drama.

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EPUB
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Watermark
Publication date
January 20, 2012
Publisher
Page count
238
ISBN
9781434449849
Paper ISBN
9781434444158

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