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In Bohemia with Du Maurier The First Of A Series Of Reminiscences   By: (1833-1917)

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In Bohemia with Du Maurier is the captivating first installment of a series of reminiscences by Felix Moscheles. This enchanting memoir delves into the life and times of the renowned artist, George Du Maurier, while simultaneously offering readers a fascinating glimpse into the vibrant Bohemian culture of 19th-century London.

Written with deep reverence and affection, Moscheles skillfully interweaves personal anecdotes and cherished memories with insightful observations of Du Maurier's genius and his profound impact on the artistic and social scenes of his era. As a close friend and contemporary of Du Maurier, the author provides an intimate portrait of the artist's inner world and his artistic journey.

One of the most appealing aspects of this memoir is Moscheles' ability to bring the Bohemian lifestyle to life. He vividly describes the gatherings, conversations, and artistic endeavors that took place in the lively neighborhoods of London. Through Moscheles' eyes, readers are transported to the very heart of this creative enclave, where a multitude of eccentric characters and free-thinking minds converged, creating an atmosphere ripe for rebellion against societal norms.

The author's prose is evocative and atmospheric, beautifully capturing the spirit of the times. Moscheles' writing style is elegant and lyrical, painting a vivid picture of everything from the gritty streets of London to the grand salons where artistic and intellectual luminaries gathered. His attention to detail is commendable, as he seamlessly blends historical context with personal recollections, offering readers a well-rounded and immersive reading experience.

Furthermore, In Bohemia with Du Maurier is not merely a nostalgic trip down memory lane; it also serves as a valuable historical document. Moscheles' firsthand account of the cultural, artistic, and political milieu of Victorian England provides invaluable insights into the broader social dynamics of the era. From discussions on art and literature to political movements and shifting societal norms, this memoir offers a multifaceted view of a time marked by profound change.

While In Bohemia with Du Maurier is a delightful read for history buffs and art enthusiasts alike, it may not appeal to those seeking a fast-paced or action-packed narrative. The memoir's strength lies in its introspective and reflective nature, allowing readers to savor the nuanced details of the past. However, those expecting a traditional biography or a complete overview of Du Maurier's life and work may be left wanting, as Moscheles concentrates primarily on their shared experiences within the Bohemian world.

In conclusion, In Bohemia with Du Maurier is a beautifully written and captivating memoir that embarks readers on an immersive journey through the Bohemian culture of 19th-century London. Felix Moscheles' skillful blend of personal anecdotes, historical context, and a heartfelt homage to his friend makes this memoir a delightful and enlightening read. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the artistic, social, and cultural tapestry of the Victorian era.

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The few introductory words to this volume were written, and the last proofs posted, shortly before the fatal news overtook me in lovely Venice. My world, resplendent with sunshine, was suddenly lost in darkness. The most lovable of men, whose presence alone sufficed to make life worth living to all those near and dear to him, was gone from amongst us. His hand was no longer to hold those pens the finely pointed one that drew, the freely flowing one that wrote. His well earned rest was not to be enjoyed on earth.

Now that all is changed, the joyous note of these pages jars upon me. How differently would I attune the story of our student days, were I to write it to day in loving memory of my friend!

But as it stands, so it must go forth. The book, cordially endorsed by him, is printed and all but issued; he would not let me recall it, I know. He himself, in his kindly, simple way, had enjoyed my resuscitation of our early recollections, and had here and there lent a helpful hand even to the correcting of the proofs.

To write of him and of his qualities of heart and mind as I would now venture to record them, I must wait till the heavier clouds have cleared away and left the picture, I would draw once more to stand out brightly in the background of Time... Continue reading book >>

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