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Leonard Woolf: Bloomsbury Socialist

Fred Leventhal and Peter Stansky


This is a wide-ranging biography of Leonard Woolf (1880–1969), an important yet somewhat neglected figure in British life. He is in the unusual position of being overshadowed by his wife, Virginia Woolf, and his role in helping her is part of this study. He was born in London to a father who was a successful barrister but whose early death left the family in economic difficulty. Though he abandoned his Judaism when young, being Jewish was deeply significant in shaping Leonard’s ideas, as well as the Hellenism imbibed as a student at both St Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge. Despite his se ... More

Keywords: Bloomsbury, Virginia Woolf, Sri Lanka, political writings and activism, political thought, imperialism, international affairs, Hebraism, Hellenism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198814146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Leventhal, author
Professor Emeritus of History, Boston University

Peter Stansky, author
Professor Emeritus of History, Boston University

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