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Last Remaining Bloomsbury Group Member Dies


Diarist Frances Partridge, last survivor of the literary Bloomsbury Group's most famous love quadrangle, has died at 103.


March 03, 2004

Nigel Nicholson writes a touching obituary in the Guardian about the life and relationship of Frances Partridge to her fellow Bloomsbury members.


"From 1901 to WWII a group of progressive avant-garede intellectuals got together on Thursdays for a drink in their central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury.  Described as a "fascinating, queer, self absorbed and fantastic set of people" comprising writers, painters, publishers and a historian, economist, psycholanalyst and the like.


"Although there is some debate over who qualified as members: Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard, Clive and Vanessa Bell, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant  and more, are included on the list of twelve originals.


"Their combined works and thinking was headed toward a more contemporary world, with a rejection for what they felt were the strictures and taboos of Victorianism on religious, political, artistic, social and sexual matters."



For more reading on the Bloomsbury group read S.P. Rosembaum's Bloomsbury Group: A Collection of Memoirs and Commentary, University of Toronto Press (1995)


The Art of Bloomsbury, Richard Shone (Princeton University;2004) Published as a catalog to accompany a traveling exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, and The Yale Center for British Art, "The Art of Bloomsbury" focuses on the artists of this circle.


By Paula Shackleton



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