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By Jonathan Atkin

ISBN-10: 0719060702

ISBN-13: 9780719060700

This ebook attracts jointly for the first actual time examples of the ''aesthetic pacifism'' practiced throughout the nice struggle by way of such celebrated contributors as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. furthermore, the e-book outlines the tales of these much less recognized who shared the mind-set of the Bloomsbury crew and people round them whilst it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''

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P65 23 03/07/02, 12:33 24 A war of individuals changed (which would have been relatively simple, given his position within the Government) all point to the clear possibility, as Robert Skidelsky has pointed out, that Keynes was thinking of resigning from the Treasury over the conduct and continuance of the war and, in particular, the issue of conscription. Crucially, he applied for exemption on 23 February 1916, although by the date of the proposed hearing in late March he had decided to remain with the Government.

103 In May 1916, Leonard Woolf was awarded exemption from military service due to his trembling hands, and his wife had confided to her sister that she herself was still mentally ‘in a very shaky state’ and would probably succumb to a complete breakdown ‘if they took him’. Although she observed to Ka Cox that, ‘the whole of our world does nothing but talk about conscription’, and regarded the summer of 1917 as a period when the rest of the human race had sunk to new depths (‘how little one believes what anyone says now’, she commented to Margaret Llewelyn Davies) it was no coincidence that the Hogarth Press sprang into life during the same period – an individual expression of productive creativity to counterbalance the muffling effect of both the war and her own mental instability.

67 So, with heavy irony, Grant ended the war an official War Artist. Unlike Duncan Grant and David Garnett, the writer Clive Bell was less hampered by tribunals and the machinery of authority and hence able to have more freedom to undertake his own work during the war due to a medical complaint (an ‘unhealed rupture’) that rendered him unfit for military service. However, until the necessities of the Military Service Act brought his medical history to the fore, he existed ‘in a world of agitation and uneasiness which is not at all what I like’, as he described to his wife Vanessa.

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