Edited by Robert W. Dimand and Harald Hagemann
Chapter 4: The Bloomsbury Group
The Bloomsbury Group were friends, mostly from their undergraduate years in Cambridge, who began to meet at 46 Gordon Square in 1904. They talked far into the night about absolutely anything, supported each other in their work and at play, and blew away the stifling fog of Victorian values. Their lifestyle was revolutionary for the time. Most of them were writers or artists; Keynes, whose destiny lay within the Establishment, was their exception – an exception that proved their unwritten rule, that friendship was their highest value. They were not only hugely productive, they broke new ground, in painting (Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant), art criticism (Roger Fry), biography (Lytton Strachey) and fiction (Virginia Woolf). They gave another dimension to Keynes’s life and influenced his thinking and his writing style.
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