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Square HauntingI Like This London Life The Street Sauntering And Square Haunting Virginia Woolf, Diary, Mecklenburgh Square, On The Radical Fringes Of Interwar Bloomsbury, Was Home To Activists, Experimenters And Revolutionaries Among Them Were The Modernist Poet H D Detective Novelist Dorothy L Sayers, Classicist Jane Harrison, Economic Historian Eileen Power, And Writer And Publisher Virginia Woolf They Each Alighted There Seeking A Space Where They Could Live, Love And, Above All, Work IndependentlyFrancesca Wade S Spellbinding Group Biography Explores How These Trailblazing Women Pushed The Boundaries Of Literature, Scholarship, And Social Norms, Forging Careers That Would Have Been Impossible Without These Rooms Of Their Own

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Square Haunting
  • Francesca Wade
  • 02 March 2019
  • 9780571330652

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  1. says:

    This is essentially a set of mini biographies of five extraordinary women in the first half of the twentieth century The conceit of the book is that they are bound by addresses in Mecklenburg Square, Bloomsbury, but in many cases the address is irrelevant Jane Harrison, for example, a foremother to classicists, doesn t even move there till most of her career is over I also felt that the section on Virginia Woolf is too repetitive of too much that has been written about her before The most compelling portraits for me are those of Hilda Doolittle, known as HD, and Dorothy Sayers and the connections between them are fascinating The concept of a room of one s own is used throughout to highlight the struggles and costs of female independence, but that room could just as easily be in an Oxbridge college as in Bloomsbury, perhaps So I wasn t entirely convinced by the Bloomsbury connection as a raison d etre for the book but the lives are interesting introductions to women who challenged and overturned the status quo of their times.Thanks to Faber and Faber for an ARC via NetGalley.


  2. says:

    This unusual book feels a bit like psychogeographical biography The author takes a specific location Mecklenburgh Square in London as the structural conceit to write what amounts to five mini biographies about famous or once famous now lost women writers, artists, activists, and revolutionaries in the first part of the 20th century If you enjoy deeply researched biography, this is a bit like Five for the price of one I d only heard of Virginia Woolf and Dorothy L Sayers before reading this book so it was a pleasure to learn about the lives and work of the other three women H.D., Eileen Power, and Jane Harrison.Received a netgalley copy for an honest review.


  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this collection of mini biographies of 5 remarkable women who are connected by having at one stage of their lives lived in Mecklenburgh Square, London The poet HD, the novelist Dorothy L Sayers, the classicist Jane Harrison, the economic historian Eileen Power and the writer Virginia Woolf all at one time made their homes there, sometimes happily, sometimes not, but for each of them their stay was significant for their lives and careers Well researched, well written, always interesting and illuminating, it s a fascinating account of some fascinating women.


  4. says:

    Loved this so much I learnt so much even about the women that I thought I knew quite a bit about V Woolf, HD and D Sayers and discovered two fascinating women that I knew very little about.


  5. says:

    This book focuses on five female writers, all grossly neglected and influential All of them bridged many abysses to fight prejudice in different forms, e.g misogyny and various forms of anti scientific drawl, but this book focuses on their progress in different fields.This book made me discover absolutely wondrous writers, mainly H D., Dorothy L Sayers, and Jane Harrison.An 1862 article entitled Why Are Women Redundant suggested that girls should be deported to the colonies to seek husbands there, or be taught flirtation by prostitutes otherwise, the author warned ominously, these women might, in place of completing, sweetening, and embellishing the existence of others, be compelled to lead an independent and incomplete existence of their own All of the writers in this book were at one point in their lives situated in Mecklenburgh Square, a spot in the heart of London It turned into a deconstructed and anarchistic version of a Bloomsbury group, while not only making female writers a room of their own, but an entire palace.For Dorothy L Sayers, who set several crime novels in the area, Bloomsbury was a violent underworld where people are always laying one another out, and where births and drunks and wife beatings are pretty common in Margery Allingham s 1938 story The Case of the Longer View, Bloomsbury is a sort of halfway house If you lived here you were either going up or coming down Sayers was well known to her friends for her penchant for extravagant indoor headgear and her long earrings featuring a parrot perched in a gilded cage Later in life, Sayers would ride a motorbike and dress in masculine attire If the trousers do not attract you, she insisted in an essay, so much the worse for the moment I do not want to attract you I want to enjoy myself as a human being Even at this age, when others at Somerville were interested in meeting husbands than in scholarship, she was eager to rebel against the norms of femininity, aware that conformity might curtail her creative ambition Dorothy L Sayers was clearly a person devoted to work Her affairs of the heart turned other ways entirely, but her creation Lord Peter Wimsey, her copywriting skills, and her writing all gave way to many writers One thing I think ought always to be said to young people, and it is this, wrote Sayers to a correspondent in 1944 Youth is an unsatisfactory period, full of errors, uncertainties and distress You will grow out of it What s , you were meant to grow out of it, into something mature and satisfactory Don t let middle aged people get away with the story that this is the best time of your life and that after it there is nothing to look forward to Go on doing the thing you think you ought, or want, to be doing at the moment, and at about 40 you may discover that you actually are doing it and settle down to enjoy it There is much to learn in the pages of this book, and it makes for an extraordinary walk through the first part of the twentieth century It s a good thing that our guides are ushered by Francesca Wade, a true logophile and tactful biographer.


  6. says:

    Five mini biographies of women who all had a connection at some time with Mecklenburgh Square in London Hilda Doolittle, Jane Harrison, Dorothy L Sayers, Eileen Power and Virginia Woolf The Mecklenburgh Square link is a hook to attach their stories to, but in some cases the women were only there for a short time and not necessarily at the same time All the women were either scholars or creative writers, and what is interesting about the location is the way in which it was possible for women to live there fairly freely in modest circumstances, sharing flats or living in single rooms in a manner which became common in London later as single women in employment needed accommodation They were all able to have what Virginia Woolf famously urged that a woman needs if she is to able to write a room of one s own So, while the link with the Square is in some cases a bit tenuous, the idea behind it is relevant to all of them and gives us a picture of a little known aspect of London life and the lives of women between the wars There is lots of interesting material here although the Square is in Bloomsbury only Virginia Woolf is really associated with the Bloomsbury group as such, so there is a lot of peripheral background which fills out the context of the period Some of it is in the notes, which I missed until I was quite a long way into the book they are unnumbered, so they don t intrude as you read the text, but they are easy to miss


  7. says:

    To be honest, I found this a simply wonderful and sumptuous read that ticked a number of my personal interest boxes As a lover of all things Bloomsbury I could not fail to be both entertained and educated by learning about the lives of these five inspirational, innovative and remarkably talented women who lived in one of the perhaps less known of its eastern fringe squares I must admit that before reading the book I was only aware of Dorothy L Sayers and of course Virginia Woolf, so was fascinated to read about the lives and achievements of the three others, economic historian Eileen Power, classicist Jane Harrison and modernist poet H D Posterity has been kinder to some than others it would appear Although living in Mecklenburgh Square roughly around the same interwar period, some were at the start of their career and others at the end Some knew each other and for others the link was tenuous This was a male dominated world where a woman s place was strictly second class and all had to overcome obstacles and push boundaries to achieve success, particularly for some in terms of education This meticulously researched book coveys a real feeling of place and time and provides an insight for those interested in this fascinating cultural, political and economic period The need to work independently in a room of one s choosing is the underlying theme Very recommended for all Bloomsbury lovers.


  8. says:

    I received this as a review copy from Netgalley This is a fascinating book The premise is a little bit gimmicky if I m honest The author takes as her starting point the fact that the five women in the book all lived worked in Mecklenburgh Square in Bloomsbury at varying times in their lives Some of the women knew each other, some knew of each other The Square is like a catalyst for ideas than anything else, although the history of the area is interesting The point of the book is to discover the work and lives of five remarkable women whose ability to step out of their allotted space and change the way we see and experience the world because of the way they saw and experienced the world, is a gift that keeps on giving Wade writes engagingly and with passion and interest about the five women and the threads she lifts from their lives and works are extremely pertinent to much of what is going on in the world today I already knew of Woolf, HD and Sayers but was interested to learn about the other two women, Jane Harrison and Eileen Power I finished this several days ago but am still thinking about it, which is always the sign of a good book to me.


  9. says:

    These are basically short biographies of 5 English women writers, all of whom lived for a time in houses in Mecklenburgh square in London Most readers will be familiar with Virginia Woolf and perhaps with Dorothy Sayers, author of the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey books, but the other three may be as new to them as they were to me I found Jane Higgins to be the most interesting of the group, didn t get much insight into Dorothy Sayers than I ve gotten elsewhere, and was surprised that the author really didn t go into Virginia Woolf s early life the way she did the other authors This isn t bad biography, but it s just ordinary adult biography with a unifying factor of residence And as is the sad case in most adult biography I read, her subjects go through their interesting lives, and yet somehow fail to jump off the page for the reader to become real people.


  10. says:

    Vast and thorough research has resulted in a very readable, hugely informative, and interesting account of the lives of five women writers who have the common link of living, at some point, around Mecklenburgh Square, London Hilda Doolittle, Jane Harrison, Dorothy L Sayers, Eileen Power and Virginia Woolf are those writers It becomes clear that, for all of them, creativity is their focus and priority This has repercussions in all other areas of their lives, affecting relationships, family, and careers Fascinating Thank you to Francesca Wade, Net Galley and the publisher, Faber Faber for an ARC.

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