Selected Letters Vanessa Bell

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The daughter of eminent Victorian writer Sir Leslie Stephen and older sister of Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell was a well-known avant-garde painter and decorator, and a central figure in the Bloomsbury group. The collection, including many of Vanessa daily letters to her children, sister, and her lovers, takes readers from 1885 to 1961 - through more than seventy years and two world wars. Together they document Vanessa's fascinating and often romantic relationship with her sister; her domestic and aesthetic life at...

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Overview

The daughter of eminent Victorian writer Sir Leslie Stephen and older sister of Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell was a well-known avant-garde painter and decorator, and a central figure in the Bloomsbury group. The collection, including many of Vanessa daily letters to her children, sister, and her lovers, takes readers from 1885 to 1961 - through more than seventy years and two world wars. Together they document Vanessa's fascinating and often romantic relationship with her sister; her domestic and aesthetic life at various houses including Gordon Square, Asheham, Cassis and Charleston; and her passionate involvements with Rodger Fry and Duncan Grant - who himself would have had an affair with the writer David "Bunny" Garnett, future husband of Duncan and Vanessa daughter, Angelica.

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Margot Peters
...[E]xpertly edited....one is as conscious of the pain of a liberated woman's life as as of its pleasures....Vanessa's letters have none of Virginia [Woolf's] subtle reasoning, sly innuendo, skittish rhythms and divine wit...[but] they have little of Viginia's snobbery, arch self-consciousnes and teasing cruelty. -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559212618
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell
  • Publication date: 7/19/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 593
  • Sales rank: 1,358,706
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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