Virginia Woolf is portrayed in new light


From young cricketer to beach belle to fancy-dress partygoer, an unusually playful side to Virginia Woolf is captured in a new book. Alice Jones reports. Virginia Woolf the cricketer, the beach belle posing in a stripy bathing suit or as the March Hare at an Alice in Wonderland-themed party. Those are not guises most people would associate with the leading female modernist author of the 20th century, but they are just some of the images collected in Snapshots of Bloomsbury. While the lives and works of Woolf and the Bloomsbury set have been exhaustively documented, this is the first time that 1,000 photographs from Woolf's private album and that of her sister, Vanessa Bell, have been catalogued and published.

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