Bloomsbury: A House of Lions. Bloomsbury Group, Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, John Maynard Keynes, Desmond MacCarthy, Leonard Woolf, Virginia Woolf.

Bloomsbury: A House of Lions

ISBN: 0397010435
Philadelphia & New York, NY: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1979. First American Edition. Hardcover. "This book for the first time answers in a systematic way the often-asked question, What was Bloomsbury? It was not, Edel finds, altogether the parcel of snobs, egotists, eccentrics, and elitists of the common legend. The "Bloomsberries" struck out for sexual freedom, they questioned the "received ideas" of the Victorians, they helped renovate writing and painting in England, they experimented with biographical and fictional forms, and they had a large impact on English politics and world economics." (from front flap) A definitive & informative study by Leon Edel (1907-1997), the great American biographer & literary critic most famous for his monumental, multi-volume biography of Henry James. Here are portraits of world-renowned British giants of art & science during the earlier twentieth century, & their dizzying mutual entanglements: Economist John Maynard Keynes; political scientist & publisher Leonard Woolf & his wife the iconic writer Virginia Woolf; biographer Lytton Strachey; critic Clive Bell & his wife the artist Vanessa Bell; critic Desmond MacCarthy; painters Duncan Grant & Roger Fry; & the many other notable figures in their orbit. First American hardcover edition published the same year as the British edition (1979), first printing as indicated on copyright page. A collectible classic of scholarship. Book in very fine condition, virtually mint inside & out. Unclipped dust jacket in fine condition with only mild rubbing, scratching & occasional tiny spots to front, back covers & spine; very light edgewear & a few tiny chips, bumps at edges & corners of same esp. upper edge of spine. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #3188]

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