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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 throughout the nice conflict via such celebrated members as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. furthermore, the e-book outlines the tales of these much less recognized who shared the frame of mind of the Bloomsbury staff and people round them whilst it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''

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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. Though described by some as the patroness of Bloomsbury, she had in fact a much wider circle of acquaintances and activities and was never regarded as such by Bloomsbury themselves, though they appreciated shared aesthetic goals, such as the genuine quality of Lady Ottoline’s passionate support for a life lived in pursuit of truth and beauty and her deeply-held anti-war sentiments.

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.

In fact he was never quite sure if his status would be altered by the authorities; in August 1916, he reported to his wife that he was having trouble with the military who, he wrote, were trying to take advantage of the ‘ambiguous wording’ of his certificate to attempt to re-class his status to that of non-combatant from the existing one of total exemption from all service, military or otherwise. After the appearance of his Peace at Once, Bell was a marked man. The pamphlet was as unpopular with the authorities as it was popular with his friends and opponents of the war.

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