A Cezanne in the Hedge and Other Memories of Charleston and Bloomsbury

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The Bloomsbury circle has long preoccupied writers, critics, and the general public alike. For many years its focal point was Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, home to Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant. A Cézanne in the Hedge brings together thirty firsthand reminiscences of the Charleston, vividly and amusingly evoking its creativity—and eccentricity. Childhood memories from Quentin Bell, Angelica Garnett, and Nigel Nicholson are interspersed with appraisals of the work of Bloomsbury members such as Roger ...

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Overview

The Bloomsbury circle has long preoccupied writers, critics, and the general public alike. For many years its focal point was Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, home to Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant. A Cézanne in the Hedge brings together thirty firsthand reminiscences of the Charleston, vividly and amusingly evoking its creativity—and eccentricity. Childhood memories from Quentin Bell, Angelica Garnett, and Nigel Nicholson are interspersed with appraisals of the work of Bloomsbury members such as Roger Fry, Maynard Keynes, and Virginia Woolf and of their contribution to twentieth-century British art and thought. The finale is a childhood spoof written by Virginia Woolf entitled "A Terrible Tragedy in a Duckpond."

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Editorial Reviews

Rachel Billington
This is a celebration. . .a collection that may seduce even those who detest Bloomsbury. —The New York Times Book Review
Rachel Billington
This is a celebration. . .a collection that may seduce even those who detest Bloomsbury. -- The New York Times Book Review
Roger Sutton
This collection of writings is divided into three sections, furnishing memories of the Bloomsbury painters, the sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, and Charleston, the Bloomsbury home of Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant. -- Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226470047
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Holroyd
Introduction: Bloomsbury's Ups and Downs—Noël Annan
Part 1: Bloomsbury Painters
Vanessa Bell - Margaret Drabble
Duncan Grant as Stage Designer - Asya Chorley
Remembering Duncan and Vanessa - Lawrence Gowing
The Omega Workshops - Judith Collins
Roger Fry and his Aesthetic - Sylvia Stevenson
A Look at Roger Fry - Asa Briggs
Durbins - Pamela Diamand
Sickert and Bloomsbury - Martin Gayford
Part 2: Virginia and Vanessa
Two Sisters: Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell - Lyndall Gordon
Leslie Stephen and Virginia Woolf - Alan Bell
Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf: Pictures and Books - Jacky Thompson
A Biographer's Dilemma: Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry - Mitchell Leaska
Vita and Virgina and Vanessa - Nigel Nicolson
Virginia and Rose - Jame Emery
Ethel Came to Lunch - Quentin Bell
The Last Artist - Penelope Fitzgerald
Desmond MacCarthy: A Memoir of Affection - James MacGibbon
Some Memories of Octavia Wilberforce - Leon Edel
Part 3: Charleston
Towards Charleston - Anne Olivier Bell
Bloomsbury Houses - Frances Partridge
A Cézanne in the Hedge - Quentin Bell
A Tale of Two Houses - Robert Skidelsky
Pictures at Charleston: Past and Present - Richard Shone
Charleston Revisited - Quentin Bell
Life in the Kitchen and Elsewhere - Angelica Garnett
Holidays at Charleston - Virginia Nicholson
The Restoration of Charleston - Angelica Garnett
How it Strikes a New Yorker - John Russell
Epilogue: A Terrible Tragedy in a Duckpond - Virginia Woolf
Contributors
The Charleston Trust

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