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Virginia Woolf was a close friend of Roger Fry for many years - after his death she wrote this account of his passion for art, his own painting, and his changing critical theories. Born in 1866, he was primarily responsible for bringing the post-Impressionist movement to Britain, organising the first exhibitions and establishing the Omega workshops: he was also curator of ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2003 by Vintage (first published 1940)
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To live fully, to live gaily, to live without falling into the great sin of Accidia which is punished by fog, darkness and mud, could only be done by asking nothing for oneself. It was difficult to put that teaching into practice. Yet in his private life he had during those difficult years forced himself to learn that lesson. "It was a kind of death to me", he wrote of that long struggle, "and it is a pale and disembodied ghost that's survived. . . ." (215)

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Joe Mossa

I was browsing through my fav used book store when I saw what I thought was a bio of virginia wolfe. It so happens that it was a bio of Roger Fry a famous British art, culture critic written by virgina wolfe. I pay close attention to my I have started reading it and find it quite interesting . It is interesting to see how critics come to their opinions of works of art and at times the critic becomes frustrated that his own painting isn t received too well by the buying public.
Brian  Kubarycz
I'm enjoying this quite a bit, but mostly because I've been reading Bloomsbury scholarship and returning to Freud. So Fry's temperament, as well as his interest in ecstatic color, makes sense enough to me. For the casual Woolf fan or Art History enthusiasts however, this will not be a favorite. If nothing else, the book confirms (as if there were ever any reasonable doubts) that Woolf can write good conventional prose.
Virginia Woolf's only biography, with many insights to both the life of visionary Roger Fry and to the Bloomsbury circle of which he was part.
England discovers both Modernism through his lectures and books, and the Omega Workshops which he ran and founded.
The latter lasted for only for six years (1913-1919) at its London address, 33 Fitzroy Square, London.
Timothy Deer
While the introduction is interesting, I'm not sure these few pages merited an individually published volume. They are brief and clearly in draft form. All the same, it is always nice to discover a little of Woolf's writing that hasn't been published elsewhere.
Not her best work but interesting to see how she wrote a biography without telling secrets that all of Bloomsbury knew but had to be hidden from the world to protect Roger Fry's family.
I didn't think it was possible for Virginia Woolf to write a book that was more tedious than The Years. And then I read Roger Fry, with its excessive bowdlerising.
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(Adeline) Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.

During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length es
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