Author: Virginia Nicholson
The Bloomsbury Group continue to loom large in British cultural life and no more so than at Charleston, their home in East Sussex. Curated by Virginia Nicholson, granddaughter of artist Vanessa Bell and trustee of Charleston, this charming Book Box brings the extraordinary house to life in the books written by and about its many talented occupants. It also includes a letter from Virginia Nicholson explaining her choice of books and how they bring the house to life.
About Virginia Nicholson
Virginia Nicholson was born in 1955. Her father was the art historian and writer Quentin Bell, acclaimed for his biography of his aunt Virginia Woolf. Her mother Anne Olivier Bell edited the five volumes of Virginia Woolf’s Diaries. Virginia is the Deputy Chairman of the Charleston Trust.
This Book Box contains:
Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden by Quentin Bell and Virginia Nicholson
Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Charleston is the most important remaining example of Bloomsbury decorative style, created by the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Quentin Bell, the younger son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, and his daughter Virginia Nicholson, tell the story of this unique house, linking it with some of the leading cultural figures who were invited there, including Vanessa's sister Virginia Woolf, the writer Lytton Strachey, the economist Maynard Keynes and the art critic Roger Fry.
Deceived With Kindness by Angelica Garnett
Angelica Garnett may truly be called a child of Bloomsbury. Her aunt was Virginia Woolf, her mother Vanessa Bell, and her father Duncan Grant, though for many years Angelica believed herself, naturally enough, the daughter of Vanessa's husband Clive. But Deceived with Kindness is also a record of a young girl's particular struggle to achieve independence from that extraordinary and intense milieu as a mature and independent woman.
Howard's End by EM Forster
A heartbreaking and provocative tale of three families at the beginning of the twentieth century. Frequently cited as E. M. Forster's finest work, Howards End brilliantly explores class warfare, conflict and the English character.
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
This simple and haunting story captures the transience of life and its surrounding emotions. To the Lighthouse is the most autobiographical of Virginia Woolf's novels. Based on her own early experiences, it touches on childhood and children's perceptions and desires.
Among the Bohemians by Virginia Nicholson
Among the Bohemians is a portrait of England's artistic community in the first half of the twentieth century, engaged in a grand experiment to refashion not just their art, but their daily lives.
The Selected Diaries of Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf turned to her diary as to an intimate friend, to whom she could freely and spontaneously confide her thoughts on public events or the joys and trials of domestic life. Between 1st January 1915 and her death in 1941 she regularly recorded her thoughts with unfailing grace, courage, honesty and wit. The result is one of the greatest diaries in the English language.
Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell: A Very Close Conspiracy by Jane Dunn
This is the story of a deep and close relationship between two sisters - Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. The influence they exerted over each others' lives, their competitiveness, the fierce love they had for each other and also their intense rivalry is explored here with subtlety and compassion.
Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes by Richard Davenport-Hines
John Maynard Keynes is the man who saved Britain from financial crisis not once but twice - over the course of two World Wars. He remains a highly influential figure, nearly 70 years after his death. But who was he? Richard Davenport-Hines gives us the man behind the economics: the connoisseur, intellectual, public official and statesman who was equally at ease socialising with the Bloomsbury Group as he was persuading prime ministers and presidents.
Love in Bloomsbury by Frances Partridge
The Bloomsbury Group was as well known for its love affairs as for the work that was produced by its members. Love in Bloomsbury, Frances Partridge's celebrated account of these turbulent years, describes her Victorian upbringing and tells the story of the star-crossed quartet, two of whom were doomed, the other two survivors.
The Bloomsbury Cookbook by Jans Ondaatje Rolls
Here the Bloomsbury story is told in seven broadly chronological chapters, beginning in the 1890s and finishing in the very recent past. Each chapter comprises a series of narratives, many of which are enhanced with an appropriate recipe, along with sketches, paintings, photographs, letters and handwritten notes, and featuring original quotations throughout. Part cookbook, part social and cultural history.
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