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Square Haunting

Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars

Francesca Wade

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Faber & Faber
01 March 2020
Biography; Biography: arts & entertainment; Biography: literary; British & Irish history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
'I like this London life...the street-sauntering and square-haunting.' - Virginia Woolf, diary, 1925 In London during the interwar years, five women's lives intertwined around one address. Mecklenburgh Square, on the radical fringes of Bloomsbury, was home to activists, experimenters and revolutionaries; among them were the modernist poet H. D., detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and author and publisher Virginia Woolf. In an era when women's freedoms were fast expanding, they each sought a space where they could live, love and - above all - work independently. From the square, these trailblazing women pushed the boundaries of scholarship, literary form and social norms. Taking us into the emotional texture of their lives, Francesca Wade's luminous group biography reveals five unforgettable characters who forged careers that would have been impossible without these rooms of their own. 'Elegant, erudite and absorbing, Square Haunting is a startlingly original debut, and Francesca Wade is a writer to watch.' - Frances Wilson 'A fascinating voyage through the lives of five remarkable women - a moving and immersive portrait.' - Edmund Gordon
By:   Francesca Wade
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   683g
ISBN:   9780571330652
ISBN 10:   0571330657
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Francesca Wade has written for publications including the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, New Statesman and Prospect. She is editor of The White Review, and winner of the Biographers' Club Tony Lothian Prize. Square Haunting is her first book. She lives in London.

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