[Ads-l] Quote: All the couples were triangles and lived in squares
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Wed May 16 17:58:08 EDT 2018
I wasn’t sure what the squares meant. Here are some citations that clarify that and confirm the sexual meaning of triangles.
1. My English Journey
Sadhan Kumar Ghosh
The bloom had not gone out of Bloomsbury, although the Bloomsbury group no longer met at 52 Tavistock Square. I recalled Margaret Irwin’s gibe…
2. Virginia Woolf in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
ed. Pamela Caughie
The Bloomsbury Squares may be read as ruins on the fault line of cultural change…
Woolf’s relationship to Bloomsbury and the London Squares combined….
p. 13: The spatial historian Sigfried Giedion maps the formation of the Bloomsbury Squares in “The Dominance of Greenery: The London Squares,” reading the formation of the Bloomsbury squares as a sort of _bildungsroman_ of urban planning…
3. London for the Independent Traveler
Vanessa and Clive Bell lived at 50 Gordon Square, Lytton Strachey at 51 Gordon Square, Leonard and Virginia Woolf at 52 Tavistock Square.
Also, https://bit.ly/2wLzc01 <https://bit.ly/2wLzc01>
4. Literary London
Eloise Millar, Sam Jordison
https://bit.ly/2k0ldds <https://books.google.ca/books?id=Bpa0DAAAQBAJ&pg=PT105&dq=%2252+Tavistock+Square%22+%22circles%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjY1tvimYvbAhVxtlkKHXruBbwQ6AEIMzAC#v=onepage&q="52 Tavistock Square" "circles"&f=false>
the word bugger was never far from our lips
Formerly of Seattle, WA
> On 16 May 2018, at 14:03, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Back in September 2015 George Thompson discussed a quotation about the
> Bloomsbury group attributed to Dorothy Parker: "living in squares,
> painting in circles and loving in triangles". Now the Quote
> Investigator website has an entry on this topic:
> [Begin excerpt]
> Great thanks to George Thompson whose inquiry led QI to formulate this
> question and perform this exploration. QI located the saying within a
> 1960 compilation of "A London Diary" columns from "The New Statesman".
> Using this information Thompson precisely located and retrieved the
> 1941 citation.
> [End excerpt]
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