Download e-book for kindle: A War of Individuals: Bloomsbury Attitudes to the Great War by Jonathan Atkin

By Jonathan Atkin

ISBN-10: 0719060702

ISBN-13: 9780719060700

ISBN-10: 1417568038

ISBN-13: 9781417568031

This e-book attracts jointly for the first actual time examples of the ''aesthetic pacifism'' practiced through the nice struggle via such celebrated members as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. additionally, the publication outlines the tales of these much less famous who shared the attitude of the Bloomsbury crew and people round them whilst it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''

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Forster wrote to his mother that he was ‘quite shameless over this wire-pulling. ’75 Forster had no desire to return to an England that he described as ‘hag-ridden’ by the war. ’76 To Forster, the real war was a war of ‘Authoritarians v. 77 He was profoundly irritated at first by his relation to a war the parameters of which he could not encompass in his mind, let alone in reality, and he felt he was confined to a ‘narrowing circle of light’78 as progress was turned back on itself. 79 He began to struggle with his fiction, the deliberately unpublishable Maurice being his only work-in-progress of the war period.

79 He began to struggle with his fiction, the deliberately unpublishable Maurice being his only work-in-progress of the war period. p65 34 03/07/02, 12:33 Bloomsbury 35 acknowledged the root of his inability to write (even letters) as, ‘the cause of all that is evil – ie. this war which saps away one’s spirit’,80 and he was perturbed by the prospect of ‘organisation and dehumanisation’ enveloping all streams of life. 81 By this time, however, he had come into a belief that, as defined to Siegfried Sassoon, due to Forster’s own anti-war sentiments, ‘one’s at war with the world’, and he was involved in a form of ‘defensive warfare’ on a personal level which had come to mean ‘Violent individualism.

89 This could be seen to be representative of the differing responses of the group of friends to the war; some, like Keynes, burrowed further into the capital – to the very heart of Whitehall, while others, like Vanessa Bell, moved away from a London dominated by war to the relative peace of the country. 90 In mid-August 1914, Fry read to Vanessa the Foreign Office White Paper concerning Britain’s involvement in the European war, and admitted to her husband Clive that she found it complicated and would have to read it again to herself to fully understand its implications, though she reported that, ‘It has led to a great deal of argument here’.

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