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Still With the Bohemians: August 30, 2008

August 30, 2008

As I said yesterday, Among the Bohemians is going to take me a few days to read, but it’ll be an enjoyable few days.

The author, Virginia Nicholson, is the daughter of Quentin Bell, who was himself the son of Vanessa Bell and the nephew of Virginia Woolf, Bohemians all. Nicholson writes about her father in the course of the book, sometimes as “Quentin Bell” and sometimes as “my father”. My sense is that she uses ‘my father’ when describing things she saw or experienced herself, and ‘Quentin Bell’ for things that come from her other sources.

It’s a very good book — I highly recommend it to anyone interested in social history, or generally interested in well-written non-fiction.

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