Bloomsbury Set

The Bloomsbury Group—or Bloomsbury Set—was a group of associated Marxist writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists closely associated with Cambridge University that lived, worked or studied together near Bloomsbury, London, during the first half of the 20th century. Most famous was the mentally unhinged mixed race Virginia Woolf who married the Jewish political theorist and member of the Fabien Society Leonard Woolf. Woolf’s nephew Julien Bell, as a Cambridge student, was reputed to be the lover of the homosexual spy Anthony Blunt and joined the Marxist Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Another intimate member of the Bloomsbury set was Rosamond Lehmann married to Wogan Philipps, son of a wealthy ship owner and Communist subversive, a member of the Marxist ‘Republicans’ in the Spanish Civil War, on his return he joined the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). Immersed in political subversion and sexual perversion purveyed through their work, the Bloomsbury Set had a strong influence on literature, aesthetics, criticism, and economics.

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