In 1904, following the death of their father, Sir Leslie Stephen, Virginia and her three siblings, Vanessa, Thoby and Adrian, chose to rent a house in the then-unfashionable Bloomsbury district of London. Once established there, Thoby sought to continue the stimulating discussions he had had at Cambridge University with members of the Apostles, a student society dating back to 1820 and boasting an impressive list of current and former members.1 His Apostle friends included Leonard Woolf (later to be Virginia’s husband as well as an author, critic and co-founder of the precursor to the United Nations, the League of Nations), John Maynard Keynes (who would become one of the most important economists of the twentieth century), Lytton Strachey (later to become an influential writer), Roger Fry (soon to become a ground-breaking art critic and a well-received painter) and E.M. Forster (soon to be recognised as a major novelist).
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