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This vivid, graphic book encompasses the full sweep of American Bohemia from the 1840s to about 1950.

We are raising funds to pay the artists who have already done the artwork for a vivid, exciting, graphic history of American Bohemia. The book will be published in the fall of 2013, but in this industry, the artists are paid by the editors, not the publisher. Unfortunately, expected funds from an angel have fallen short, and we need to pay the artists for the work they've already completed. Here is the Table of Contents of the book: 

  • CHAPTER ONE: BOHEMIANS AND UTOPIANS 

  • CHAPTER TWO: WALT WHITMAN

  • CHAPTER THREE: VICTORIAN BOHEMIA

  • CHAPTER FOUR: VILLAGE DAYS

  • CHAPTER FIVE: ARTIST AND EXPERIMENT

  • CHAPTER SIX: OUTWARD BOUND

  • CHAPTER SEVEN: INTERNAL EXILE – AND RETURN

  • CHAPTER EIGHT: BOHEMIANS AND HIPSTERS

  • CHAPTER NINE: THE LOOK BACK

The book encompasses the entire history of American Bohemia, from its beginnings in the 1840s up to the 1950s. There are a total of 33 sections of the book, done by 15 artists, each with a distinct style. When published, it will serve as a virtual textbook of Bohemia.

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There are virtually no risks to completing this project. "Bohemians" has already been accepted by a major publisher, Verso Books, and almost all the artwork for the book has already been produced. What we are asking for is funds to pay the artists for the work they've already done.

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    For a pledge of $30 - $49.99, you get Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + Reward #5: A COPY OF THE BOOK WHEN IT'S PUBLISHED, AUTOGRAPHED BY PAUL BUHLE AND DAVID BERGER

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    For a pledge of $190 - $289, you get Reward #1 + Reward #2 + Reward #3 + Reward #4 + Reward #5 + Reward #6 + Reward #7 + Reward #8 + Reward #9: an original sketch by Lance Tooks

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