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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn So very impressed with this list. Thank you.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) My pleasure -- I was actually surprised to find that there wasn't one already! :)


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Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "My pleasure -- I was actually surprised to find that there wasn't one already! :)"

The only thing I ever learned about Bloomsbury (and learned it over and over) was that there was a thing called the Bloomsbury Group.... Have you seen the film, Carrington ? Worth a watch.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Yes, so it is (own it on DVD ... like most stuff Emma Thompson did in her early days -- with and without Branagh!).


message 5: by Bettie☯ (new)

Bettie☯ the circle that lived in squares and loved in triangles

I love that bit in Carrington where Strachey gets rumbled and he just says 'that was exciting'


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Bettie wrote: "the circle that lived in squares and loved in triangles"

Teehee -- indeed! Can't have been all that easy, though ... I mean, talk about geometry!!


message 7: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "Bettie wrote: "the circle that lived in squares and loved in triangles"

Teehee -- indeed! Can't have been all that easy, though ... I mean, talk about geometry!!"


The geometry of innocent flesh on the bone (Bob Dylan)


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Dunno about "innocent" ...


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) You're very welcome; thank you in turn! And I'm looking forward to seeing you add any books that you'd have wanted to put on your list and that aren't on this one yet!


message 10: by P.J. (last edited Sep 01, 2012 05:12PM) (new)

P.J. Sullivan Wasn't Bertrand Russell part of this group? He had an affair with Ottoline and spent time at Garsington. He was a regular at her salons in London.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) There's a connection through the Cambridge "Apostles," too -- he knew many of them certainly, though I'm not sure how big the feeling of mutual appreciation (or even liking) was. I hunted on the web a bit; there's an article that describes Russell's relationship with the Bloombury Group (or some of its better known members, at any rate) here: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/cgi...


message 12: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "There's a connection through the Cambridge "Apostles," too -- he knew many of them certainly, though I'm not sure how big the feeling of mutual appreciation (or even liking) was. I hunted on the w..."

Question: Was "Bloomsbury" defined from within or without ?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) ... or does it matter whom you ask, or would have asked (and when)? Would Bertrand Russell himself have appreciated or liked seing his person associated with/considered a part of Bloomsbury? Would Lytton Strachey or, for that matter, E.M. Forster appreciated the notion of Russell being part of Bloomsbury, especially after the "Apostles"'s time at Cambridge was over? The source texts quoted in the above article seem to suggest that the answer might have been "no." Then again, Russell clearly moved in much the same social circles as the Bloomsbury figureheads (and is referred to as "Bertie" in conversation), so at the very least to those looking on there must have been the appearance of a fairly close association.

Also, "Bloomsbury" was not exactly a term referring to exactly the same people at all times -- there was a core group surrounding the "Apostles," but on the fringes people drifted in and out; and those people in turn had vastly different and varying social connections. E.g., Lady Ottoline Morrell's closest family connection was ... Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, a/k/a in later years Queen Mum, the mother of Elizabeth II and paragon of family values and the British monarchy!


message 14: by P.J. (last edited Apr 03, 2013 11:26AM) (new)

P.J. Sullivan "Bertie" is mentioned in the "Carrington" movie.


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