Bloomsbury Group

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The Bloomsbury Group were a loose collection of writers and artists who lived in Bloomsbury, London, during the first half of the 20th Century.

Several of the male members of the group had previously been members of the society known as the "Apostles" at Cambridge.

There is no definitive list of who belonged to the group. "Leonard Woolf, in the 1960s, listed as 'Old Bloomsbury' Vanessa and Clive Bell, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Adrian and Karin Stephen, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Duncan Grant, E M Forster, Saxon Sydney-Turner, Roger Fry, Desmond and Molly MacCarthy, with Julian, Quentin and Angelica Bell, and David Garnett as later additions".[1] However, the claim has been made that (though factually accurate) Woolf's formulation is "a little too dogmatic and definite and contributes to the false view that Bloomsbury was an entity, almost a formal body", as opposed to "an informal group of friends, and nothing more".[2]

From 1916 onwards, Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex became the country meeting place for the Bloomsbury Group.

Other people associated with the group include Dora Carrington, Vita Sackville-West, Vita's husband Harold Nicolson, and her lover Violet Trefusis, and D H Lawrence.

Radio parody

The BBC Radio 4 programme Gloomsbury, by Sue Limb, was broadcast in 2012 and 2014.[3] It featured characters such as: "Vera Sackcloth-Vest" (played by Miriam Margolyes) and her husband "Henry Mickleton" (both living at "Sizzlinghurst"); "Ginny Fox" and her husband "Lionel Fox"; the novelist "D H Lollipop" (played by John Sessions); "Venus Traduces".



  1. Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf (London 1996) page 263
  2. David Gadd, The Loving Friends: A Portrait of Bloomsbury (London 1974) p. 45 and p. 1
  3. "Gloomsbury - Radio 4 Sitcom - British Comedy Guide",