Although I ve read a lot of Virginia Woolf s work I ve never read anything by her husband Leonard This is a brief account of his early school days and time at Cambridge An interesting account of his early meetings with Virginia and the Bloomsbury Group.
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5 starsThis is the first in a series of autobiographies by Leonard Woolf, who is mostly interesting to me and most modern readers as Virginia Woolf s husband Since this period doesn t really deal with his life with V, I put off reading it for a long time However, once I began it, I found it very interesting and read it quickly and found it enjoyable He is a good writer His autobiography is deeply reflective and even anecdotal, and is far concerned with the development of the mind and spirit than dates and and times and places Good.
This does reinforce my suspicion that Virginia and Leonard were probably somewhat intolerable to be around So snooty Although he does assert that his family s brush with poverty makes him a socialist for compassionate reasons about how hard England makes it to get ahead if you don t start with money, although I can t imagine him actually interacting well with the working classes But it s generally a delightful to read At least the Bloomsbury group did productive things with all the time that they had on their hands from being rich and idle LW s life as a young child, growing up in London, feeling like an outsider because he was an intellectual It seems that the most important event in his childhood was the death of his father when LW was eleven years old plunging the family from prosperity to virtual poverty He excelled in school, where he managed to get into and afford Cambridge, and at that excellent university he met GE Moore one of his greatest mentors , Lytton Strachey, Saxon Sydney Turner, and Thoby Stephens He describes Cambridge as perhaps the best years of his life I liked this book a lot he is human but not overly sentimental, stoic yet not cold.
I really enjoyed this book, read it quickly in spurts over two days or so, and am eager to read the rest of them Enjoyable not only for his voice clear and pondering and kind of charmingly aged , but for all the homely bits about his famous friends and his very famous wife.
Even though I found myself often disagreeing with his convictions always stated very firmly , it didn t lessen my enjoyment of his writing and his reminiscences Was fascinated by his accounts of his very Victorian boyhood and his years as a student at Cambridge.
A natural, enjoyable autobiographer.
Woolf s first volume of his autobiography makes me wonder what dinner conversation was like between him and Virginia So much of a whirlwind of people, ideas, opinions The book almost requires an intimacy of Woolf s life already, naming names and stating opinions of their person in a couple of paragraphs and then brushing them aside Fun fact Woolf apparently had the cleanest feet his doctor had ever seen This is before he set off for Ceylon.
So, after reading the beautiful collection of Virginia Woolf s memoirs, Moments of Being, I ordered the first volume of Leonard Woolf s autobiography, and am mighty glad I did It s very well written, in a style totally different from his wife s or Strachey s, very controlled and matter of factly, but pleasant to read, especially for the content Leonard Woolf comes up as an extremely sensible and intelligent man and he must have been also extremely patient, because I m sure Virginia was not an easy person to live with and one can understand how he fit so well in the Bloomsbury group, not being an artist himself, and was able to form such a stable and long partnership with the genius Virginia was I particularly liked his account of his Cambridge days, of the group of friends under the influence of G.
E Moore that were the roots of the Bloomsbury group the blooming would come later, once the Stephen sisters were added to the group They still represent for me the fascinating transition from 19th to 20th century civilization, the beginning of the Modern Age I so admired Looking forward to read the other volumes.
The facade tends with most people, I suppose, as the years go by, to grow inward so that what began as a protection and screen of the naked soul becomes itself the soul This is part of that gradual loss of individuality which happens to nearly everyone and the hardening of the arteries of the mind which is even common and deadly than of those of the body I suspect that the male carapace is usually grown to conceal cowardice It was the fear of ridicule or disapproval if one revealed one s real thoughts or feelings, and sometimes the fear of revealing one s fears, that prompted one to invent that kind of second hand version of oneself which might provide for one s original self the safety of a permanent alibi But when I was a young man, Karl Marx and the Russian communists had not yet invented the international political lunatic asylum of twentieth century communism in which intelligent people can, in the name of humanity, satisfy animosities and salve their consciences It is true that in a sense we had no respect for traditional wisdom and that, as Ludwig Wittgenstein complained, we lacked reverence for everything and everyone If to revere means, as the dictionary says, to regard as sacred or exalted, to hold in religious respect , then we did not revere, we had no reverence for anything or anyone, and, so far as I am concerned, I think we were completely right I remain of the same opinion still I think it to be, not merely my right, but my duty to question the truth of everything and the authority of everyone, to regard nothing as sacred and to hold nothing in religious respect That attitude was encouraged by the climate of scepticism and revolt into which we were born and by Moore s ingenuous passion for truth The dictionary, however, gives an alternative meaning for the word revere it may mean to regard with deep respect and warm approbation It is not true that we lacked reverence for everything and everyone in that sense of the word After questioning the truth and utility of everything and after refusing to accept or swallow anything or anyone on the mere authority of anyone, in fact after exercising our own judgement, there were many things and persons regarded by us with deep respect and warm approbation truth, beauty, works of art, some customs, friendship, love, many living men and women and many of the dead One loves and hates one s family just as one knows and they know one is loved and hated by them Most people are both proud and ashamed of their families There is therefore a bitterness and ambivalence in these loyalties.
E Moore about whom Woolf has an extensive account on pp 108 128 I have been able to visit Trinity College twice, in 1999 and 2016 Meagan, who was with me in 1999, called it Disneyland for philosophers That felt about right Woolf closes pp 169ff with his paean to Trinity, which I enjoyed Of course it was is elitist and troublesomely traditional in its values especially since this was Trinity 115 years ago , but it still appeals to something in me.
Some notable passages p 7 Writing about his grandmother she never had, I think, read a book or suffered from an abstract idea or had experienced the grinding of the intellect This reminded me of my father, in a good waychokengtitiktitikchokeng 12 He was treated for scarlet fever as a boy with leeches.
passim How deep and pervasive anti intellectualism was in public schools during this era.