The legacy of the Bloomsbury Group on London’s literary village

Authored by: Melanie Ramdarshan Bold

The Routledge Handbook of Popular Culture and Tourism

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138678354
eBook ISBN: 9781315559018
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The area of Bloomsbury, in London, has been a firmly established literary district ever since it became the meeting place for a coterie of writers, artists, and intellectuals in the early twentieth century. The collective gathered at the home of Virginia Woolf and her sister, in Gordon Square, to discuss political, sexual, artistic, and social issues. The set soon became known as the Bloomsbury Group and included notable core members such as writers Virginia and Leonard Woolf, art critic Clive and his artist wife Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia Woolf), and writer E. M. Forster (Bell, 1990). Other writers and poets, such as Aldous Huxley and T. S. Eliot, were also associated with the group. There have been many studies about the history and development of the Bloomsbury Group, particularly their influence on and contribution to art and culture, their unconventional lifestyles, and the social dynamics of the assemblage; however, there have been no studies exploring the impact of the Group on cultural and literary tourism, and the creative industries, in Bloomsbury today (Spalding, 2013; Rosenbaum, 2014; Licence, 2015).

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