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Paul Levy on ‘Bloomsbury Reassessed’

Paul Levy (Wall Street Journal)

Fri, November 9, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

In Britain few educated people under 40 have even heard of the Bloomsbury Group. Apart from Virginia Woolf, hardly anyone can name any of its members. Yet as recently as the 1960s it was a rare week that went by without a media reference to this intellectual magic circle. Why were they so celebrated then? And why so little known now? Bloomsbury has affected our culture, though it has temporarily dropped out of the headlines. The Bloomsbury group seems uninteresting precisely because we have accepted their values as our own.
Paul Levy was food and wine editor for the Observer in the 1980s and subsequently, to the present, arts correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. He is co-literary executor of Lytton Strachey’s estate and trustee of the Strachey Trust. His books include (ed.) Eminent Victorians: The Definitive Edition (2002); and (ed.) The Letters of Lytton Strachey (2005).


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