• LOCATION 14 | 'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

    Fitzroy Square

    We're nearing Fitzroy Square now, where today's walk will end.

    As you walk, let me tell you a little more about Maynard Keynes. He played a key role in the Bloomsbury group: The Bridge.

    I found that every salon of writers had one person who was actually from a different field. Keynes, for example, did some writing, but his main work was, of course, in economics. He was a brilliant professor at Cambridge, and then went to work in the Treasury department during World War I. His Bloomsbury friends, who were famous pacifists, were not happy about this job, and this eventually lead to the break-up of the group.

    The Bridge is important because he brings a different point of view. A bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing all the time isn’t very creative. I think it is the presence of someone who looks at the world from another angle that makes these salons so creative. That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.

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'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group