By Jonathan Atkin
This booklet attracts jointly for the first actual time examples of the ''aesthetic pacifism'' practiced throughout the nice battle by means of such celebrated participants as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. furthermore, the ebook outlines the tales of these much less recognized who shared the approach of the Bloomsbury team and people round them whilst it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''
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Just as Garnett had considered and tested his options until he arrived by experience at the correct one, Grant’s response was also based initially on a need for experience, although he eventually took a more instinctive route and found, together with his companion and fellow artist Vanessa Bell, that the best way to face the war was simply to continue painting. 64 During the first weeks of war, Grant had been buoyed with an optimism that never fully left him, while at the same time appreciating the ‘horrors’ contained in the necessity for ‘altering one’s bearing’, as he commented to Strachey in the first week of September 1914 (as he was considering joining the Reserve): I feel sure that one ought to give way to depression.
The pamphlet was as unpopular with the authorities as it was popular with his friends and opponents of the war. Francis Birrell had written from Sommeille (while working for the Friends War Victims Relief Mission) to Lytton Strachey that: We have all been reading Clive’s pamphlet and following his persecution and he is now the hero of the Society of Friends, a strange destiny for him to attain, but the whole affair is too perfectly monstrous. I thought the pamphlet very bright indeed. England seems pretty bloody just now.
39 He commented how he could now understand how people’s personal feelings could be overcome by popular emotion. ‘And at any rate one would not have to think any more’,40 he concluded, noting the perceived deadening effect of an existence under military control. p65 25 03/07/02, 12:33 26 A war of individuals While his brother James was planning to produce a pamphlet entitled ‘Why I shall not Join Lord Kitchener’s Army – By a Fellow of Trinity’, which he believed would have ‘immense sale’ in intellectual circles, Strachey was equally practical, knitting mufflers for soldiers, learning German and considering the position of intellectuals in the war, concluding that ‘We’re all far too weak physically to be of any use at all.
A War of Individuals: Bloomsbury Attitudes to the Great War by Jonathan Atkin