The Bloomsbury Group: Background information when reading Vanessa and Her Sister

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reading Guide |  Reviews |  Beyond the Book |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

Vanessa and Her Sister

by Priya Parmar

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar X
Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • First Published:
    Dec 2014, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2015, 368 pages

  • Rate this book


Book Reviewed by:
BookBrowse First Impression Reviewers

Buy This Book

About this Book

The Bloomsbury Group

This article relates to Vanessa and Her Sister

Print Review

While Vanessa And Her Sister focuses on artist Vanessa Bell and her writer sister, Virginia Woolf, it also places them in the larger context of the famous Bloomsbury Group, which was a set of intellectuals who debated radical ideas about society, ethics and a host of other issues. Founding members included Virginia Woolf and her siblings - sister, Vanessa Bell, and brothers Thoby and Adrian. Other key members included critic and biographer Giles Lytton Strachey, and the writer E.M. Forster. Even noted economist Joseph Maynard Keynes was a central figure. While the group became friends in college (most of the "Bloomsberries" men studied at Cambridge's Trinity or King's College), it was not until Virginia and her siblings moved into a home in Gordon Square in the Bloomsbury District of London (close to the British Museum), that the group coalesced into an entity, regularly meeting over dinners to discuss ideas.

Some Members of the Bloomsbury Group The Bloomsberries got their start around the beginning of the twentieth century, a time when Victorian principles of life largely held sway over England. They rejected these ideals and believed in more progressive values such as acceptance of homosexuality and open marriages. Their unconventional values brought admirers as well as critics. They were often accused of being snobbish and elitist with no self-control.

Despite the brickbats, the Bloomsbury Group's contributions to literature and the larger thought movement remain undisputed. Their anti-establishmentarianism, as reflected by their work (Woolf became a prominent feminist icon and E. M. Forster wrote about the ills of imperialism, for example), paved the way for a new way of challenging established conventions. The group disbanded in the 1930s after the sudden death of a few members.

Full list of members:

  1. Woolf, Virginia (1882-1941)
  2. Forster, E. M. (1879-1970)
  3. Strachey, Giles Lytton (1880-1932)
  4. Bell, Clive (1881-1964)
  5. Keynes, John Maynard (1883-1946)
  6. Fry, Roger (1866-1934)
  7. Grant, Duncan (1885-1978)
  8. MacCarthy, Desmond (1877-1952)
  9. Bell, Vanessa Stephen (1879-1961)
  10. Woolf, Leonard (1880-1969)
  11. MacCarthy, Mary (1882-1953)
  12. Stephen, Thoby (1880-1906)
  13. Stephen, Adrian (1883-1948)
  14. Carrington, Dora (1893-1932)
  15. Sydney-Turney, Saxon (1880-1962)

Left to right: Lady Ottoline Morrell, Maria Nys (neither members of Bloomsbury), Lytton Strachey, Duncan Grant, and Vanessa Bell from book Lytton Strachey: His Mind And Art

This "beyond the book article" relates to Vanessa and Her Sister. It originally ran in January 2015 and has been updated for the October 2015 paperback edition.

This review is available to non-members for a limited time. For full access become a member today.
Membership Advantages
  • Reviews
  • "Beyond the Book" backstories
  • Free books to read and review (US only)
  • Find books by time period, setting & theme
  • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
  • Book club discussions
  • and much more!
  • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
  • More about membership!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: The Inflamed Mind
    The Inflamed Mind
    by Edward Bullmore
    It is common knowledge that depression diminishes the quality of sufferers' lives, but few people ...
  • Book Jacket: The Adults
    The Adults
    by Caroline Hulse
    Things have already fallen apart on the first page of The Adults. The novel opens with an emergency ...
  • Book Jacket: News of Our Loved Ones
    News of Our Loved Ones
    by Abigail DeWitt
    The Delasalle family of Abigail DeWitt's News of Our Loved Ones are no strangers to the dark specter...
  • Book Jacket: My Sister, the Serial Killer
    My Sister, the Serial Killer
    by Oyinkan Braithwaite
    While the title of the novel gives away the plot, My Sister, the Serial Killer is essentially a ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
Force of Nature
by Jane Harper

As atmospheric, tense, and explosive as her New York Times bestselling debut, The Dry!

About the book
Join the discussion!

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    At the Wolf's Table
    by Rosella Postorino

    The internationally bestselling novel about the women conscripted to be Hitler's food tasters.
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win Uncommon Type

Uncommon Type
by Tom Hanks

Surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and a must-have for Tom Hanks fans!

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

Tell I T T M

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.