by Christopher, December 9, 2008 10:51 AM
Virginia Woolf may have had a room of her own, but someone else cleaned it. Desperate to erase their Victorian past, the members of the Bloomsbury group were eager to set informal standards with their staff ? to varying degrees of success. Nevertheless, their homes were divided between "us" and "them." (Someone, after all, had to coddle them while they created.) Alison Light's Mrs. Woolf and the Servants offers a unique look into the below-stairs world of Bloomsbury and the not-always-silent role played by the domestic servant.