Books: Kaleidoscope

BLOOMSBURY: A HOUSE OF LIONS by Leon Edel

Lippincott; 288 pages; $12.95

Only two kinds of books seem to be published nowadays: those that are about Bloomsbury and those that are not. Every survivor of that glittering artistic and intellectual cabal, every survivor's survivor, has given testimony. Leon Edel is one of our leading literary biographers, the author of the magisterial five-volume Henry James. But what can even he add to the existing mountain of data? Only two characteristic Bloomsbury virtues: form and sensibility.

The "Bloomsberries," as they were dubbed, were born into well-connected...

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