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Leonard Woolf: Bloomsbury Socialist
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Leonard Woolf: Bloomsbury Socialist is an invaluable biography of an important if somewhat neglected figure in British cultural and political life,whose significance has been overshadowed by that of his wife, Virginia Woolf. His vital role in her life and career is a central aspect of this incisive study. Born to a prosperous middle-class Jewish family, he was profoundly affected by the early death of his father, a prominent barrister and QC, which left his

family in reduced economic circumstances. Fred Leventhal and Peter Stansky expertly reveal that, despite his youthful loss of religious faith, being Jewish was as crucial in shaping Woolf's ideas as the Hellenism he imbibed at St Paul's and Trinity College, Cambridge. As an undergraduate member of the

celebrated elite Apostles-along with his close friends, Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes-he played a formative role in what later became the Bloomsbury Group. He subsequently spent seven years as a colonial servant in Ceylon, the background to his powerful novel, The Village in the Jungle. Within a year of his return to England in 1911 he married Virginia Stephen, and in 1917 they founded the Hogarth Press, an innovative and commercially successful publishing house. In the

course of his long life he wrote prolifically on international relations, notably on the creation of the League of Nations, on socialism, and on imperial policy, particularly in Africa. Throughout this authoritative study,Leventhal and Stansky illuminate the life, scope, and thought of this seminal figure in

twentieth-century British society.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: literaryBiographyBiography: generalBiography: philosophers, religious & spiritualEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -History & PoliticsPolitics & government Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 12/09/2019 ISBN-13: 9780198814146  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Fred Leventhal is the author of The Last Dissenter: H.N. Brailsford and His World and Respectable Radical: George Howell and Victorian Working Class Politics and was co-editor of Twentieth Century British History. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Boston University. Peter Stansky is the author of On or About December 1910 as well as biographies of William Morris, George Orwell, Philip Sassoon, Julian Bell, and Edward Upward. He is Frances and Charles Field Professor Emeritus of History at Stanford University.

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