Books: Bohemian Girl

TWO FLAMBOYANT FATHERS by Nicolette Devas. 287 pages. Morrow. $5.

This is a sprightly documentary memoir about the way of life and state of mind known a long time ago as bohemia. The bohemians, now as extinct as bimetalists and phrenologists, flourished in the 19th and early 20th centuries in a setting of red wine, turpentine, bawdy songs in beery baritones, long flowing skirts for the women, and a general clamor for free love, free thought and freeloading. Bohemians were a very different tribe from today's subcultural exponents of acid, pot, Zen, odd sex,...

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