Bloomsbury By Battershill, Claire
Bloomsbury is an area of Central London located in the Borough of Camden between Euston Road and Holborn. The neighborhood is home to the British Museum and the University of London as well as a number of Georgian residential buildings arranged around manicured squares and gardens. In the context of modernist literature, art, and culture, Bloomsbury is associated with a loosely defined social circle known as “the Bloomsbury Group,” “the Bloomsbury Set,” or simply “Bloomsbury,” a gathering of writers, artists, and intellectuals who lived and worked in the area in the early part of the twentieth century. There is some critical disagreement about exactly who belonged to the group, but some of its key figures included Leonard and Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster, Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, Lytton Strachey, and Duncan Grant. Members of the group contributed to various aspects of modernist thought and culture including feminism, analytic philosophy, psychoanalysis, macroeconomics, progressive domestic arrangements, left-oriented politics, Post-Impressionist art, and literary experimentation.