In and out of Bloomsbury: Biographical Essays on Twentieth-Century Writers and Artists (Paperback)Martin Ferguson Smith (author)
These highly original essays illuminate Virginia Woolf and a selection of other twentieth-century writers and artists. Based on detailed research and presenting previously unpublished texts, pictures, and photographs, they are notable feats of scholarly detective work.
Six of them focus on four pivotal members of the Bloomsbury Group – Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, and Roger Fry. Prominent ingredients of their story include art, writing, friendship, love, sex, mental illness, and Greek travel. The five ‘out of Bloomsbury’ essays are about the ‘new’ letters from the novelist Rose Macaulay to the Irish poet Katharine Tynan; the prodigious teenage talents of Dorothy L. Sayers; the remarkable story of Tolkien’s schoolmaster R. W. Reynolds; and the artist Tristram Hillier in Portugal.
The collection creates a richly varied and entertaining picture of British culture in the first half of the twentieth century.
Longlisted for the William M.B. Berger Prize for British Art History 2022
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 328
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm
'Delightfully written essays packed with revelations.'Robin Simon, editor of The British Art Journal'A wealth of colourful new material.'Odin Dekkers, former editor of English Studies'Fascinating essays.'Mark Hussey, distinguished Bloomsbury scholar'Masterful.'The Times Literary Supplement'A delight from beginning to end.'English Studies'Both instructs and inspires.'Literature Cambridge - .
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