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San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
Peter Stansky makes a strong case for 1910 as a galvanizing year in which this promising but largely unknown group of friends established a decisive public identity. With a wealth of detail, Stansky fleshes out what he considers the crucial events of their year—the Dreadnought Hoax, the legendary First Post-Impressionist Exhibition and the appearance of E.M. Forster's next-to-last novel, 'Howards End'...Although 'On or About 1910' covers a period of Bloomsbury that many other writers have explored, Stansky skips the usual panoply of anecdotes and offers instead a genuine history, rich in political and social contexts for what might otherwise seem merely youthful high spirits and lukewarm middle-class rebellion. He makes it clear how Bloomsbury could subvert Edwardian materialism from a position of financial security and youthful family connections...With considerable skill, Stansky [also] places Bloomsbury's artistic and domestic rebellions against the backdrop of the women's suffrage movement, military buildup and the struggle to limit the power of the House of Lords.
— Regina Marler