Details about the voices of Bloomsbury now on CD
Sunday 24 January 2010 by Paula Maggio
Like many of you, I have shelves full of books at home that I have not yet read. Some have been in my possession for decades, some for years or months.
Now I am starting to stockpile DVDs and CDs as well. I am embarassed to say that among the latter is the recent release from the BBC of “The Spoken Word: The Bloomsbury Group.”
This two-disc set, which features voices of Bloomsbury that have long remained unheard, has been sitting on my shelf for months. And I have yet to peel off the cellophane.
But after reading the details on the Mantex Web site, I expect I will soon pop one in my CD player.
According to Roy Johnson, here are some of the treats that await those who own the set, which comes with a 16-page explanatory booklet:
Leonard Woolf with a Who’s Who of the Bloomsbury Group
Duncan Grant talking about the infamous Dreadnought Hoax
Frances Partridge speaking about the group’s broad influence
David Cecil detailing Virginia’s appearance and Quentin Bell describing her fashions
Angelica Garnett on various attitudes towards members of the Group
Vita Sackville-West talking about the inspiration behind Virginia Woolf’s Orlando
Benedict Nicholson remembering Virginia Woolf’s visits to Sissinghurst
Elizabeth Bowen recalling Bloomsbury parties and Virginia’s antics
Ralph Partridge reminiscing about time spent with Leonard and Virginia Woolf