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Square Haunting

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My Recommendation

Mecklenburgh Square, on the outskirts of Bloomsbury, was home to five remarkable writers between the world wars. (All the moreso because of their gender.) Francesca Wade's meticulous research and writing explains how their time residing there shaped each of them.  We learn how this radical address influenced the poet H.D, detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, in addition to Virginia Woolf. Each woman arrived there eager for the life they longed to lead in a time when society was often strongly opposed to their success. While much has been written about Woolf and her portrayal feels the least novel, her time there contributed to the course of her life. 

In Square Haunting, Wade has written a phenomenal work that provides remarkable insight into how Mecklenburgh Square shaped each woman's self-image, self-sufficiency and their writings in an often chaotic male dominated society.

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