Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury (Paperback)
An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 9781596916944, 376pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
"Superbly researched, often passionately eloquent, and enthralling throughout." "Washington Post Book World "
""When Virginia Woolf wrote "A Room of One's Own "in 1929, she established her reputation as a feminist, and an advocate for unheard voices. But like thousands of other upper-class British women, Woolf relied on live-in domestic servants for the most intimate of daily tasks. That room of Woolf's own was kept clean by a series of cooks and maids throughout her life. In the much-praised "Mrs. Woolf and the Servants," Alison Light probes the unspoken inequality of Bloomsbury homes with insight and grace, and provides an entirely new perspective on an essential modern artist.
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Praise For Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury…
“This is a bold, impressive and important rewriting of a slice of British social history.”—Guardian“An absorbing and complex portrait of Woolf’s particular relation to domestics and domesticity, but also an analysis of the shifting mores of the period.”—New York Times Book Review “Eye-opening… Light enriches the history of Bloomsbury by adding to it the stories of Nellie, Lottie and the other women and men whose manual labor sustained it.”—Chicago Tribune