“A group of English writers and artists who gathered regularly in the Bloomsbury section of London before, during, and after World War I. Their unconventional lifestyle, socialist views, and aesthetic sensibility combined to give ‘Bloomsbury’ a connotation outside the circle of somewhat precious snobbery. Central to the group were artists Vanessa and Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant; writers Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, and E.M. Forster; and the economist John Maynard Keynes. Cambridge-educated and the artistic and intellectual pacesetters of their generation, they were devoted adherents of the philosopher G.E. Moore and were frequently joined at their ‘Thursday evenings’ by such Cambridge luminaries as Bertrand Russell and Rupert Brooke.”
Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.