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Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars (Paperback)Francesca Wade (author)
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Taking as its setting the hidden literary and artistic hothouse of London’s Mecklenburgh Square in the inter-war years, Francesca Wade’s immersive book explores the lives and works of five astonishing women.
Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020
'I like this London life . . . the street-sauntering and square-haunting.' Virginia Woolf, diary, 1925
Mecklenburgh Square, on the radical fringes of interwar Bloomsbury, was home to activists, experimenters and revolutionaries; among them were the modernist poet H. D., detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and writer and publisher Virginia Woolf. They each alighted there seeking a space where they could live, love and, above all, work independently.
Francesca Wade's spellbinding group biography explores how these trailblazing women pushed the boundaries of literature, scholarship, and social norms, forging careers that would have been impossible without these rooms of their own.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 356 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
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