This book draws together for the very first time examples of the 'aesthetic pacifism' practised during the Great War by such celebrated individuals as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon and Bertrand Russell.
Bringing together examples of the "aesthetic pacifism" practised during the Great War by members of the Bloomsbury Group and others, this text outlines the stories of those less well-known who shared the mind-set of the Bloomsbury Group when it came to facing the first "total war". It draws together evidence from all the major archives in Great Britain for to create a complete picture of this fascinating form of anti-war expression featuring well-known individuals such as Virginia Woolf, Bertrand Russell and Siegfried Sassoon.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments and abbreviations vi
Introduction 1 (9)
`Recognised' forms of opposition 10 (7)
Bloomsbury 17 (35)
Academics at war - Bertrand Russell and 52 (25)
Writers at war 77 (25)
Writers in uniform 102(29)
Women and the war 131(32)
Obscurer individuals and their themes of 163(30)
Three individuals 193(16)
Public commentary on familiar themes 209(15)