Not so many years ago Virginia Woolf and other members of the Bloomsbury group were barely known to the common reader. But the publication of Quentin Bell
's 1972 biography of Woolf stirred a popular and academic interest in these writers that has only grown over time. From academic journals to popular biographies, from photo books to popular art films, Bloomsbury has become big business. Regina Marler treats the Bloomsbury craze with respect and a sense of humor as she charts the growth of the industry and keeps her eye on who is making the profits. Thoroughly researched, filled with great gossip, and fueled by a love of literature Bloomsbury Pie
is contemporary scholarship at its best.
From Library Journal
Attracted by their pacifism, unconventional behavior, and sexual liberty, the 1960s saw a dramatic rise in interest in the Bloomsbury group, the collection of writers and artists that included Virginia Woolf, Clive Bell, Lytton Strachey, E.M. Forster, and John Maynard Keynes, among others. This popularity has only increased, becoming a mass-market phenomenon that ranges from literary biographies to art production and memorabilia collecting and even to movies such as the recent Carrington (1995). In this delightful and witty book, Marler, who edited the Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell (Pantheon, 1993) and writes and lives in San Francisco, traces the social history of this interest in Bloomsbury, considering both its enthusiasts and its detractors. The result is a work of entertaining scholarship worthy of its subjects. For public and academic libraries where Bloomsbury interest is strong.?Thomas L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, Ga.
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