Good Bohemian : The Letters of Ida John
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Captivatingly fresh and intimate letters from Augustus John's first wife, Ida, reveal the untold story of married life with one of the great artists of the last century. Twelve days before her twenty-fourth birthday, on the foggy morning of Saturday 12 January 1901, Ida Nettleship married Augustus John in a private ceremony at St Pancras Register Office. The union went against the wishes of Ida's parents, her mother in particular, who aspired to an altogether more conventional match for her eldest daughter. But Ida was in love with Augustus, an eccentric, flamboyant artist of great promise studying alongside her at the Slade - a man of exceptional magnetism and talent who would become one of the great artists of his times. Ida's letters - to friends, to family and to Augustus - reveal a young woman of passion and wit to match that of her famously charismatic husband. They tell of tensions between parents disobeyed and siblings who endured the consequences; of hurt and betrayal as the marriage evolved into a three-way affair when Augustus fell in love with another woman, Dorelia; of Ida's remarkable acceptance of Dorelia, their shared domesticity and rival pregnancies; of self-doubt, happiness and despair, and of finding the strength and courage to compromise and navigate her unorthodox marriage. Ida is a naturally gifted writer, and it is with a candour, intimacy and social intelligence extraordinary for a woman of her period that her correspondence opens up her world. Ida John died aged just thirty of puerperal fever following the death of her fifth son, but in these vivid, funny, and sometimes devastatingly sad letters she is startlingly alive on the page, a young woman ahead of her time - almost of our own time - living a complex and compelling drama here revealed for the first time by the woman at its very centre.