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Book recommendations about the Bloomsbury Group and Friends

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1Caroline_McElwee
Oct 23, 2009, 6:02am

Mollie Grace recommended the following book in the general message thread:

Leon Edel's Bloomsbury: A House of Lions

2Caroline_McElwee
Oct 23, 2009, 6:05am

My recommendation for the best book I have read to date about Virginia's mind is Julia Briggs' Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life. I read it cover to cover, but it is laid out book by book, and so now I shall re-read the sections relating to the books of VWs I read.

3kiwidoc
Edited: Oct 25, 2009, 5:00pm

A few suggestions:

Vita Sackville-West by Victoria Glendinning
Rebecca West by Victoria Glendinning (A member of BG??)

Mrs Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury by Alison Light

Vanessa Bell by Frances Spalding

Duncan Grant: A Biography by Frances Spalding

The Bloomsbury group: a collection of memoirs, commentary and criticism By Stanford Rosenbaum

Portrait of a Marriage by Nigel Nicholson

4rainpebble
Edited: Mar 18, 2010, 8:35pm

Virginia Woolf's Women by Vanessa Curtis is quite interesting and I found Carrington: A Life by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina to be quite hypnotic and captivating. The former takes you through the relationships of Virginia Woolf with her sister, Vanessa Bell; artist Dora Carrington; writer Katherine Mansfield; novelist Vita Sackville-West and the ever ambiguous composer Ethel Smith. The latter is basically the story of Carrington's work, her art and the loves and lovers in her life. This one in particular is a wonderful book.