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, the home of Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant. A Cezanne in the Hedge brings together firsthand reminiscences of Charleston, vividly and amusingly evoking its creativity - and eccentricity. Childhood memories from Quentin Bell, Angelica Garnett, and Nigel Nicolson are interspersed with appraisals of the work of Bloomsbury members such as Roger Fry, ...
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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, the home of Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant. A Cezanne in the Hedge brings together firsthand reminiscences of Charleston, vividly and amusingly evoking its creativity - and eccentricity. Childhood memories from Quentin Bell, Angelica Garnett, and Nigel Nicolson are interspersed with appraisals of the work of Bloomsbury members such as Roger Fry, Maynard Keynes, and Virginia Woolf and their contribution to twentieth-century British art and thought. The book ends with a previously unpublished spoofpiece by Virginia Woolf entitled "A Terrible Tragedy in a Duckpond." It was at the suggestion of Virginia Woolf that the painter Vanessa Bell, her sister, moved to Charleston in 1918 with her two sons and the painter Duncan Grant and writer David Garnett. Frequently visited by Clive Bell, Roger Fry, Maynard Keynes, and Lytton Strachey. Charleston soon became a focus for writers and painters of the Bloomsbury circle and remained a place of continuing creative activity until Duncan Grant's death in 1978. Today the house offers the only surviving example of the domestic decorative art of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and stands as a monument to a way of life.
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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: 191
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction: Bloomsbury's Ups and Downs 12
Pt. 1 Bloomsbury Painters
Vanessa Bell 19
Duncan Grant as Stage Designer 27
Remembering Duncan and Vanessa 32
The Omega Workshops 38
Roger Fry and his Aesthetic 41
A Look at Roger Fry 47
Durbins 51
Sickert and Bloomsbury 63
Pt. 2 Virginia and Vanessa
Two Sisters: Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell 71
Leslie Stephen and Virginia Woolf 74
Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf: Pictures and Books 78
A Biographer's Dilemma: Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry 82
Vita and Virginia and Vanessa 86
Virginia and Rose 93
Ethel Came to Lunch 101
The Last Artist 108
Desmond MacCarthy: A Memoir of Affection 111
Some Memories of Octavia Wilberforce 116
Pt. 3 Charleston
Towards Charleston 125
Bloomsbury Houses 128
A Cezanne in the Hedge 136
A Tale of Two Houses 140
Pictures at Charleston: Past and Present 150
Charleston Revisited 155
Life in the Kitchen and Elsewhere 158
Holidays at Charleston 161
The Restoration of Charleston 166
How it Strikes a New Yorker 174
Epilogue: A Terrible Tragedy in a Duckpond 177
Contributors 187
The Charleston Trust 191
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