Books about Bloomsbury
The Bloomsbury Group
Publication Date: 2013-10-16
Includes entertaining, thumbnail biographies of the key figures at the forefront of the theme or movement, or who were closely connected to the personality in question. Updated from the highly successful series Character Sketches and Insights, and refreshed with a contemporary design and accessible format. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Bloomsbury Group transformed British culture with their innovative approach to art, design and society. In this book Frances Spalding presents over twenty fascinating biographies, all of which are illustrated with paintings and intimate photographs created by members of the group.
The Angel of Charleston
Publication Date: 2014-02-15
Grace Higgens (1903-83) arrived at the Gordon Square house of Vanessa Bell--a member of the Bloomsbury Group and the sister of Virginia Woolf--in June 1920. Higgens remained with the family for fifty years as housemaid, nurse, cook, and, finally, housekeeper at Charleston, the country house in Sussex where the Bell family spent their holidays during the interwar period and later lived permanently until the 1970s. This book, the first to focus on the life of Higgens, is based on her diaries and correspondence. Dubbed the "Angel of Charleston" by Vanessa's son Quentin, Grace was high-spirited with a robust sense of fun; she read all she could and often sat for her painter employers, who much admired her looks. Her numerous diaries recount her years in Gordon Square, Charleston, and the south of France, painting a vivid--and intimate--picture of life with the Bells and the Bloomsbury Group. With great humor, Higgens describes the various denizens of Charleston, such as Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, E. M. Forster, and, of course, Virginia Woolf. There are moving entries about the death of Vanessa Bell in 1961 as well as Higgens's final years at Charleston looking after the elderly Duncan Grant. The Angel of Charleston describes a little-known side of the Bloomsbury world and illuminates a lost era.
Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy
Publication Date: 2011-06-16
Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy integrates studies of six members and associates of the Bloomsbury group into a rich narrative of early twentieth century culture, encompassing changes in the demographics of private and public life, and Freudian and sexological assaults on middle-class proprieties Jesse Wolfe shows how numerous modernist writers felt torn between the inherited institutions of monogamy and marriage and emerging theories of sexuality which challenged Victorian notions of maleness and femaleness. For Wolfe, this ambivalence was a primary source of the Bloomsbury writers' aesthetic strength: Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and others brought the paradoxes of modern intimacy to thrilling life on the page. By combining literary criticism with forays into philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology, and the avant-garde art of Vienna, this book offers a fresh account of the reciprocal relations between culture and society in that key site for literary modernism known as Bloomsbury.