Woolf and Bloomsbury Group Biographer, Quentin Bell, Dies at 86

Viriginia Woolf’s nephew and biographer Quentin Bell died on December 15th in England. Born to Woolf’s older sister, Vanessa Bell, Bell spent his childhood with the now legendary Bloomsbury group and eventually became its most sensitive biographer. Growing up with such figures as E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, Vita Sackville-West, and Virigina Woolf, Bell, in his fair-minded writing, brought the group to life. He once described a visit from Woolf as, “a warm capricious breeze blowing in from the southwest and bringing with it a kind of amazed joy.” He also revealed, for the first time, that her two brothers had sexually molested her during her childhood. And, in Bloomsbury Recalled he expressed anger and disappointment at his father’s fascist leanings.


Associate Press - December 19, 1996

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