Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury

Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury

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Virginia Woolf was one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. As the author of works including "Mrs Dalloway", "To the Lighthouse" and "A Room of One's Own", she is celebrated both as a Modernist and as a feminist icon. Her involvement in the lively and controversial Bloomsbury Group, which included the writer Lytton Strachey, the painters Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry and the economist Maynard Keynes, was a significant part of both her personal and creative lives. As a group they were witty, bold and original and their intellectual and artistic accomplishments have had a lasting impact. Popular fascination with Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group is reflected in the success of the recent films "The Hours" and "Carrington". The "Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury" is a fascinating guide to these intriguing characters. It presents Woolf as a dynamic individual with a wide and fascinating circle of friends. The book explores Woolf's early life and family, the origins and activities of the Bloomsbury Group and Woolf's later career and those of her friends.
It also includes sections on the Hogarth Press, Virginia Woolf and the Suffrage movement, the myths and reality of Virginia's death and the continuing presence of the Bloomsbury Group in popular culture. Packed with insight and information, and illustrated throughout, the companion is the ideal guide to Virginia Woolf and her contemporaries.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 11.43mm | 312.98g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 112 illustrations (b & w)
  • 0826486754
  • 9780826486752
  • 1,020,186

Table of contents

Bloomsbury Lives; Major Works of Virginia Woolf; Preface: Bloomsbury - Why, What and Who?; 1. Virginia Stephen at Home; 2. Beginnings of Bloomsbury; Capsule: The Intellectual Scene; 3. The Colonialist and the Novelist; The Voyage Out (1915); 4. The Hogarth Press; Night and Day (1919); 5. Small But Perfectly Formed: Virginia Woolf's Short Fiction; 6. Friend and Rival: Lytton Strachey; Eminent Victorians (1918); 7. Bloomsbury Biography: The Memoir Club; Jacob's Room (1922); 8. Bloomsbury Art: Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell and Duncan Grant; 9. The Significant Roger Fry; Mrs Dalloway (1925); 10. Stuck on Q: Saxon Sydney-Turner and Desmond McCarthy; To the Lighthouse (1927); 11. Bloomsbury Economist: John Maynard Keynes and Money; Capsule: Bloomsbury and Money; 12. On the Fringes; Capsule: Bloomsbury and Music; 13. Virginia Woolf's Non-fiction; Capsule: Woolfs and other animals; 14. Adventures and Escapades; Capsule: Bloomsbury Escapades; Orlando (1928); 15. Feminism and War; A Room of One's Own (1929); Capsule: Bloomsbury and the First World War; 16. Bloomsbury Houses: Upstairs, Downstairs; Capsule: Bloomsbury Servants; 17. Bloomsbury in the 1930s; The Waves (1931); Capsule: Bloomsbury and the Second World War; 18. What Other People Thought of the Bloomsberries; The Years (1937); 19. Virginia Woolf, Mental Illness and Death; Between the Acts (1941); 21. Bloomsbury in Popular Culture; 22. Bloomsbury Today.
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"The overall tone of the book is chatty and intimate - as with the best teacher the author imparts information without appearing patronising in any way. It can be read from cover to cover or dipped into at will...I found this book a pleasure from start to finish, interesting, well-designed and informative..." - Virginia Woolf Bulletin, Jan 09 Book of the Week - 3 - 7 Dec 2007 on the blog "A very well-presented survey of the extensive and talented Bloomsbury group, their backgrounds, their lives and what they all contributed to the Bloomsbury ethos and practice...If anyone wanted to know anything about any member of this group, one could not do better than use Sarah Hall's book as a reliable guide."
"Excellent summaries of the contents of Virginia Woolf's major writings, especially her novels which some people have found rather daunting. After reading these summaries some people might take courage to re-read the novels." - The Use of English
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About Sarah M. Hall

Sarah M. Hall is a writer and editor. She is on the Executive Council and the Editorial Committee of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain and is a regular contributor to the Virginia Woolf Bulletin. Her book Before Leonard: The Early Suitors of Virginia Woolf was published by Peter Owen in 2006.
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