By Jonathan Atkin
This publication attracts jointly for the first actual time examples of the ''aesthetic pacifism'' practiced in the course of the nice warfare via such celebrated contributors as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. furthermore, the publication outlines the tales of these much less recognized who shared the attitude of the Bloomsbury staff and people round them whilst it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''
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The coming of the war and their views on it served to exaggerate this sense of ‘otherness’, though resulting in different approaches; Lady Ottoline, like Bertrand Russell, translating thoughts into deeds whilst Woolf, characteristically, transcribed them into the art of words, written and spoken. Just as Bertrand Russell could be said to have both thought and operated outside of the intimate circle of his Bloomsbury friends in his response to the war, so too did his sometime mistress and friend, Lady Ottoline.
One must simply work and try to find out what is permanent’, she concluded. By the high-watermark of the death of Rupert Brooke in April 1915, Vanessa Bell had moved to Eleanor House on the Sussex coast. She found all the talk about Brooke largely pointless just as she found talk of the war liable to ‘put a stop’ to other, creative thoughts, and she thought it most vital that these creative thoughts ‘shouldn’t be killed’. 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.
Strachey helped to draft ‘Leaflet No. 3’, which criticised the government for its conscription policy in that this would help to transform Britain into a police state (rather in the same vein as Bertrand Russell’s later article which led to his personal prosecution, discussed in Chapter 3). W. Massingham at the Nation but not before 500,000 copies had been distributed and it had been quoted in the Morning Post. 48 This was also the time of Strachey’s criticism of Keynes for working for a government that was seeking more and more to meet militarism with militarism.
A War of Individuals: Bloomsbury Attitudes to the Great War by Jonathan Atkin