BLOOMSBURY AT HOME

8 Jul

Last night I finished rereading Bloomsbury at Home. When I finished this book, I was gripped by the reverberating remains that still hung in the air.

That I would have been a part of this depraved and decadent group, had I have lived then, is of no doubt to me. I would certainly have insinuated myself at all cost.

“That they were, for the most part, highly privileged and articulate men and women rarely forced by economic need to do things that they did not want to do obviously made it easier for them to choose the terms on which they might live ….” *

Virginia and Leonard Woolf; Duncan Grant; Vanessa and Clive Bell; David Garnett; and Lytton Strachey were the faces of Bloomsbury. Over the years there were more colorful characters, like Lady Ottoline Morell, who would slide along the margins, but the extraordinary collection of steadfast talented lives, albeit on the fringe of botched madness one and all, rested with the seven named above.

This Table-Book explores their lives, their homes, and The Hogarth Press, the means by which most of their work was published.

Artists: Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), Duncan Grant (1885-1978).

Writers: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), David Garnett (1892-1981), and Leonard Woolf (1880-1969).

Art Critic: Clive Bell (1881-1964).

and

English Aristocrat: Lady Ottoline Morell (1873-1938)

 

Lytton Strachey, Duncan Grant, Clive Bell.
photograph by Vanessa Bell

 

Biography/Table-Book

185 pages (hardcover)

First published in Great Britain 1999 by Pavilion Books

and in New York by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1999

* page 16 – 2nd paragraph

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