Beth Carole Rosenberg Special Commissioned Essay on the Bloomsbury Group Representative Members Of The Bloomsbury Group

Representative Members Of The Bloomsbury Group

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

The major Bloomsbury figures were diverse in backgrounds, interests, and talents. Though friendship bound them together, they were individuals. Some were art critics or artists, others political and economic theorists; still others were novelists or literary critics. Clive Bell, Lytton Strachey, and Leonard Woolf met as undergraduates in Cambridge. Lytton and Leonard were admitted to membership in the secret Cambridge discussion society known as the Apostles; Roger Fry and Desmond MacCarthy had also been Apostles. As women, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf were excluded from the Cambridge experience. Lytton, Clive, Vanessa, and Virginia came from upper-middle-class backgrounds, although Clive did not grow up in the...

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