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This bibliography of sources on the Bloomsburg Group is testimony to the sustained interest in this influential, intellectual movement of 20th-century England. Going beyond R.G. Robbins's The Bloomsbury Group: A Selective Bibliography (CH, Nov'78), Markert has identified and annotated a wide range of secondary sources--from exhibit catalogs to dissertations--on the group from 1905 to 1987. Annotations are primarily descriptive and indicate how each work relates to Bloomsbury figures and aesthetics. The bibliography's coverage is less clear; Markert calls it "comprehensive" in the introduction, but then adds several selection factors, and nowhere indicates which indexes he has utilized. A handful of non-English sources are included; one wonders why. The entries are arranged chronologically and then by author, with an author and subject index provided. The subject indexing is a major disappointment. Again and again key terms used in the annotations do not appear in the index. Even a number of references highlighted in the introductory overview do not pan out: entry 1911.15, for example, does not exist. Author/subject distinctions are not made under Bloomsberries who are both authors and subjects, and undifferentiated lists of entry numbers under major figures are daunting. Computer indexing should make such weak indexing obsolete. Still, this offers faculty and graduate and upper-division college students a good starting point for research on the Bloomsbury phenomenon. -M. H. Loe, SUNY College at Oswego

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