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The Brilliant Authors of the “Bloomsbury Group” with Simon Rees

March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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The end of the Bloomsbury Group

Between the death of Lytton Strachey in 1932 and the suicide of Virginia Woolf in 1941, the Bloomsbury group began to split up and to lose any coherent identity. Strachey’s life was dogged by physical illness, while Virginia Woolf suffered from recurrent bouts of depression which interrupted her work. E.M. Forster gave up publishing fiction after A Passage to India, 1924, although a novel about homosexuality, Maurice, was published in 1971 after his death.

John Maynard Keynes’s reputation as an economist continued to grow during the Great Depression, but his work concluded with his relatively early death in 1946 – his brother, Sir Geoffrey Keynes (not one of the Bloomsbury Group, but a close friend of many of them), whom I had the privilege of meeting, lived on until 1982. To summarise the Bloomsbury Group is a controversial matter: some critics have denied that the group had much coherence from the beginning, and others have scorned the overall achievements of this gathering of artists and intellectuals. But the main works of the novelists, painters and philosophers who made up its core are still valid, relevant, and eminently readable today.

In the series:
Mar. 14: The Bloomsbury Group’s origins in Cambridge
Mar. 21: The Bloomsbury Group in London
Mar. 28: The end of the Bloomsbury Group


March 28
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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Simon Rees