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A Cézanne in the hedge and other memories of Charleston and Bloomsbury
Lee, Hugh.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1992]

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191 pages ; 24 cm
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"First published in Great Britain in 1992 by Collins & Brown Limited"--T.p. verso.
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DA690.W515 C48 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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, home to Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant. A Cézanne in the Hedge brings together thirty firsthand reminiscences of the Charleston, vividly and amusingly evoking its creativity--and eccentricity. Childhood memories from Quentin Bell, Angelica Garnett, and Nigel Nicholson are interspersed with appraisals of the work of Bloomsbury members such as Roger Fry, Maynard Keynes, and Virginia Woolf and of their contribution to twentieth-century British art and thought. The finale is a childhood spoof written by Virginia Woolf entitled "A Terrible Tragedy in a Duckpond."

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A study of the Bloomsbury luminaries who gathered in the 1930s and '40s at Charleston, a farmhouse in Sussex. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This collection of writings is divided into three sections, furnishing memories of the Bloomsbury painters, the sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, and Charleston, the Bloomsbury home of Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant. The brief writings are mostly reminiscences by offspring of some of the main figures and commentaries by various art historians and scholars. No critical or analytical essays are provided, and the continuity suffers somewhat from all the different angles--childhood memories juxtaposed with observations in the aesthetic of Roger Fry. Notable is an amusing and slightly macabre work written by a young Virginia Woolf that was previously unpublished. This collection will certainly appeal to Bloomsbury devotees. Recommended for comprehensive literature and art history collections.-- Janice Braun, Oakland, Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Holroyd
Introduction: Bloomsbury's Ups and Downs--Noël Annan
Part 1 Bloomsbury Painters Vanessa BellMargaret Drabble
Duncan Grant as Stage DesignerAsya Chorley
Remembering Duncan andnbsp;VanessaLawrence Gowing
The Omega WorkshopsJudith Collins
Roger Fry and his AestheticSylvia Stevenson
A Look at Roger FryAsa Briggs
DurbinsPamela Diamand
Sickert and BloomsburyMartin Gayford
Part 2 Virginia and Vanessa Two Sisters: Virginia Woolf and Vanessa BellLyndall Gordon
Leslie Stephen and Virginia WoolfAlan Bell Roger
Fry and Virginia Woolf: Pictures and BooksJacky Thompson
A Biographer's Dilemma: Virginia Woolf and Roger FryMitchell
Leaska Vita and Virgina and VanessaNigel Nicolson
Virginia and RoseJame Emery Ethel
Came to LunchQuentin Bell
The Last ArtistPenelope
Fitzgerald Desmond MacCarthy: A Memoir of AffectionJames MacGibbon
Some Memories of Octavia WilberforceLeon Edel
Part 3 Charleston Towards CharlestonAnne Olivier
Bell Bloomsbury HousesFrances Partridge
A Cézanne in the HedgeQuentin Bell
A Tale of Two HousesRobert Skidelsky
Pictures at Charleston: Past and PresentRichard Shone
Charleston RevisitedQuentin Bell
Life in the Kitchen and ElsewhereAngelica Garnett
Holidays at CharlestonVirginia Nicholson
The Restoration of CharlestonAngelica Garnett
How it Strikes a New YorkerJohn Russell
Epilogue: A Terrible Tragedy in a DuckpondVirginia Woolf
The Charleston Trust