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The Spoken Word: The Bloomsbury Group

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The Bloomsbury Group remains, to this day, one of modern cultures most remarkable associations of individuals—the diverse contributions of the Bell siblings alone, not to mention their lovers, peers, and acquaintances, rival the output of the rest of the Modernist canon in terms of experimentation, collaboration, and peerless acclaim in literature, art, and theory. This informal group of poets and painters, writers and critics, which included Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Clive and Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Vita Sackville-West, and Bertrand Russell, among others, may have called then-fashionable central London their home, but to generations of future scholars, writers, and cultural aficionados, they helped to locate Modernism both critically and geographically. Now, for the first time, the British Library has gathered their voices and reminiscences together on a masterly two-disc set, which draws on long-unheard BBC archives, many of which will be available for the first time. Among the unforgettable tracks heard in this collection are:

Virginia Woolf reading an extract from a radio talk on the importance of language

Leonard Woolf proffering a Whos Who of the Bloomsbury Group

Desmond McCarthy meditating on “tears” in literature

Duncan Grant discussing the infamous Dreadnought Hoax

Clive Bell remembering Lytton Strachey asking, “Who would you most like to see coming up the drive?”

Frances Partridge speaking about the Groups larger influence

William Plomer discussing the Groups exclusivity

David Garnett candidly describing the relationship between Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington

David Cecil detailing Virginia Woolfs day-to-day appearance

Angelica Garnett opining on various attitudes towards members of the Group

Harold Nicholson reciting a talk on the members and attitudes that dominated the Group

Vita Sackville-West talking about the inspiration behind Virginia Woolfs Orlando

Quentin Bell exactingly describing the fashions of Virginia Woolf

Margery Fry holding court on Virginia Woolfs flights of fancy

Benedict Nicholson remembering Virginia Woolfs visits to Sissinghurst

Elizabeth Bowen recalling Bloomsbury parties and Virginia Woolfs antics

Ralph Partridge reminiscing on time spent with Leonard and Virginia Woolf

John Lehmann describing his reactions to Woolfs final novel, Between the Acts

Bertrand Russell on Lytton Strachey and his family

Gerald Brenan recalling times spent with Lytton Strachey, Ralph Partridge, and Dora Carrington

Grace Higgins describing daily life at Charleston, the Bloomsbury outpost in Sussex

Running time:
CD1 - 60 mins, CD2 - 68 mins


Running time: CD1 - 60 mins, CD2 - 68 mins

Table of Contents

Historic recordings by and about members of the Bloomsbury Group.  Includes previously unreleased recordings.  Running time: 131 minutes.
Clive Bell
Quentin Bell
Vanessa Bell
Nellie Boxhall
Elizabeth Bowen
Gerald Brenan
David Cecil
E.M. Forster
Margery Fry
Angelica Garnett
David Garnett
Duncan Grant
Grace Higgens
Lottie Hope
John Maynard Keynes
John Lehmann
Desmond MacCarthy
Louie Mayer
Benedict Nicolson
Harold Nicolson
Nigel Nicolson
Frances Partridge
Ralph Partridge
William Plomer
Bertrand Russell
George Rylands
Vita Sackville-West
Marjorie Strachey
Leonard Woolf
Virginia Woolf

Product Details

British Library
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
British Library
The British Library
Kiernan, Kevin
British Library
British Library, The
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
2 CD set with Booklet
British Library - British Library Sound Archive
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4.90x5.60x.90 in. .40 lbs.

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