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A Cézanne in the hedge and other memories of Charleston and Bloomsbury

Author: Hugh Lee
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Virginia Woolf; Vanessa Bell; Roger Fry; Virginia Woolf; Vanessa Bell; Roger Eliot Fry
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Lee
ISBN: 0226470032 9780226470030
OCLC Number: 25410886
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 1992 by Collins & Brown Limited"--T.p. verso.
Description: 191 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Bloomsbury's ups and downs / Noël Annan --
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 --
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 Virginia 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. 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.
Responsibility: foreword by Michael Holroyd ; edited by Hugh Lee.
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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, 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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