bloomsbury


noun

  1. a residential and academic district in London, N of the Thames and Charing Cross. Artists, writers, and students living there have given it a reputation as an intellectual center.

adjective

  1. of or relating to a group of artists and writers who flourished in the early decades of the 20th century and were associated with the Bloomsbury section of London.
  2. of, pertaining to, following, or imitating the cultural and intellectual pursuits, interests, or opinions characteristic of this group.

noun

  1. a district of central London in the borough of Camden: contains the British Museum, part of the University of London, and many publishers’ offices

adjective

  1. relating to or characteristic of the Bloomsbury Group

1910, in reference to the set of Bohemian writers, artists, and intellectuals (including E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Vanessa and Clive Bell, John Maynard Keynes) centered on Lytton Strachey; so called from the London neighborhood where several lived and worked.

Women in love with buggers and buggers in love with womanizers, I don’t know what the world is coming to. [Lytton Strachey]

The place name is recorded 1291 as Blemondesberi “manor held by the Blemond family,” from Blémont in France. It was laid out for housing in 17c., fashionable from 18c.

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