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By Jonathan Atkin

ISBN-10: 0719060702

ISBN-13: 9780719060700

ISBN-10: 1417568038

ISBN-13: 9781417568031

This ebook attracts jointly for the first actual time examples of the ''aesthetic pacifism'' practiced through the nice struggle by way of such celebrated contributors as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. additionally, the publication outlines the tales of these much less famous who shared the attitude of the Bloomsbury team and people round them while it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''

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Hence she deliberately resisted returning to London. ‘How idiotic to go home and listen to talk about the war and Rupert’, she wrote to her husband, with Brooke’s death symbolising the war itself and consequently her desire to be apart from it. However, the war’s effects reached out to her through its influence upon her friends as they made plans to resist being forced to fight. When she finally returned to London, she found only a ‘state of general gloom’ which seemed to have taken the place of the social life she had formerly known; she deplored the fact that, ‘no-one can now lead their normal lives’.

However, when Duncan Grant was later deported as a ‘pacifist anarchist’59 while merely attempting to design costumes and scenery for a production of the opera Pelleas et Melisande in Paris, Garnett found that his enthusiasm had waned dramatically, writing to Strachey that: The whole business has shattered my vitality … Really it is awful being anywhere nowadays. I cannot earn a living anywhere without killing or being killed. 60 Garnett later recalled that, from the commencement of hostilities, ‘I had had thoughts of enlisting – not from patriotic motives, but because I felt that the war was a great human experience which I ought not to miss’,61 and his work for the Mission was his method of fulfilling this common linking motivation – the need for experience.

However, when Duncan Grant was later deported as a ‘pacifist anarchist’59 while merely attempting to design costumes and scenery for a production of the opera Pelleas et Melisande in Paris, Garnett found that his enthusiasm had waned dramatically, writing to Strachey that: The whole business has shattered my vitality … Really it is awful being anywhere nowadays. I cannot earn a living anywhere without killing or being killed. 60 Garnett later recalled that, from the commencement of hostilities, ‘I had had thoughts of enlisting – not from patriotic motives, but because I felt that the war was a great human experience which I ought not to miss’,61 and his work for the Mission was his method of fulfilling this common linking motivation – the need for experience.

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