Bloomsbury Pie examines the persistent allure of Bloomsbury (the circle around Virginia Woolf)--a fascination driven by nostalgia, adoration, and antipathy--and tracks the resurgence of interest in the Group, from a handful of biographies in the 1960s through the feminist discovery of Virginia Woolf in the 1970s and the enshrinement of the Bloomsberries as cultural icons in the 1980s and 1990s. A social history of a tenacious and unwieldy cultural phenomenon.
Regina gives an overview of the book:
Each summer, the water meadows behind Monk's House, Virginia and Leonard Woolf's country home, are dotted with devotees, mostly female, mostly American, lovingly retracing Virginia Woolf's path across those meadows to the River Ouse, where she drowned herself on the morning of 28 March 1941. Her earlier house, Asheham, had to be boarded shut to discourage trespassers. Many of the faithful broke in anyway, hoping to absorb the atmosphere in which a great writer lived and worked. Some, hearing a door creak shut, an old curtain rustle, tore from the house in horror, convinced that the ghost of Virginia Woolf pursued them.
San Francisco writer Regina Marler is the author of Bloomsbury Pie: The Making of the Bloomsbury Boom (Holt), and the editor of Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell (Pantheon) and Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America on to Sex (Cleis). She...