Desmond MacCarthy and the New Quarterly, Clive Bell and the Athenaeum
The Cambridge origins of Bloomsbury reflected in The Longest Journey appear as well in the quarterly that Desmond MacCarthy also began editing in 1907. The New Quarterly lasted less than three years, but in its pages there are essays by Lytton Strachey, Roger Fry, J. M. Keynes, and MacCarthy himself, together with contributions by the four Apostles who shaped Bloomsbury’s philosophical education at Cambridge: Dickinson, McTaggart, Russell, and Moore. Along with the Independent Review and the Speaker, MacCarthy’s quarterly illustrates the development of Bloomsbury as a literary group during the Edwardian period, despite the presence of well-known Edwardian writers with little or no Bloomsbury connection — and the absence of Bloomsbury writers such as Forster, who submitted one article, Virginia Woolf, who had not established herself as an essayist yet, and Clive Bell, whose critical career only began in 1909.
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