Beth Carole Rosenberg Special Commissioned Essay on the Bloomsbury Group Bloomsbury's Hallmark Works

Bloomsbury's Hallmark Works

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

The hallmark works of the Bloomsbury Group are as varied as its members. Each work made its unique impact on the field in which it was written. The major subjects are art theory and criticism, economic and political theory, biography, fiction, and the essay. Common elements in the works include irony and humor, social commentary, and orientation in the aesthetics of G. E. Moore, who stated that the origins of good are in the love between friends and the contemplation of beautiful objects. Though Bloomsbury members would never have claimed that they shared beliefs and theories that would make them into a “movement,” it is not difficult to find their similar preoccupations and to understand the influence they had on...

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