Earlier discussions among Bloomsberries
about the possibility of Woolf's writing the life of Lytton Strachey had foundered on the supposition that his story, too, could not be told at that historical moment.
Kot did not live in that section of London, and of the true Bloomsberries
, only Virginia and Leonard Woolf figure prominently in this biography, and then for only a few years in the 1920s.
Bold iconoclasts and antagonists, the Bloomsberries
, as they called themselves with a giggle, promoted peaceable cosmopolitanism and the incomparable sweetness of the private life well lived, the worldly salvation to be found in art and love, comfort and abandon.
Gifted with, among many other positive qualities, easy charm, which worked even in the nippy climate of the Bloomsberries
, and love of, and skill at, good conversation, he had one fatal flaw, his enemy of promise, congenital idleness.
Busy with intrigue, he nonetheless recorded the post-Armageddon scene for the benefit of fellow Bloomsberries
, by the way, actually founded what they called a Memoir Club, and read off current installments of their memoirs to one another after dinner, the only limitation being "absolute honesty.
Lloyd explains that for most of Woolf's Bloomsbury contemporaries, music was secondary to the visual arts, but Woolf was the exception to this rule: "The sensitivity to the radical changes in the plastic arts that the group embraced, promoted, and delighted in, together with that sharp awareness of the changes in social mores that Virginia Woolf playfully dates to around December 1910, seems to have found an equivalent in music only in the case of a few of the Bloomsberries
, most notably Virginia Woolf herself" (40).