The Society Club is proud to present a book launch for The Good Bohemian: The Letters of Ida John, edited by Rebecca John and Michael Holroyd, and published by Bloomsbury.
Born in 1877, dead at the age of 30, Ida John's short life is the stuff of legend. Against the wishes of her family she married one of the most famous artists of her day, Augustus John. Their relationship would evolve into a three-way affair as Augustus fell in love with another woman, Dorelia, who - remarkably - Ida accepted. Her letters - to friends, to family, and to Augustus - reveal a young woman of passion, intensity, and wit. She writes of pregnancies and shared domesticity; of self-doubt, happiness and despair; and of finding the strength and courage to compromise and to navigate her unorthodox marriage.
Tonight we'll celebrate a young woman ahead of her time - almost of our own time - living a complex and compelling drama. This event is open to all but please RSVP: Babette@thesocietyclub.com