In and out of Bloomsbury

Biographical essays on twentieth-century writers and artists

By Martin Ferguson Smith

In and out of Bloomsbury


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5743-0
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2021
  • BIC Category: Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Literature & literary studies / Literary essays, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -


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 Based on detailed research and presenting previously unpublished texts, pictures, and photographs, they are notable feats of scholarly detective work.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.

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