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Olivia was written by 'Olivia', the pseudonym of Dorothy Strachey Bussy, Lytton Strachey's sister. It is a classic lesbian novel, dealing with the love of a 16-year-old girl for the female director of a French boarding school. The artist Duncan Grant designed the book jacket, in something akin to the style of Vanessa Bell's. It was not hard for Grant to be involved. He was a cousin (and for some time a lover) of Lytton Strachey, and through the Stracheys, he was introduced to the Bloomsbury Group where he, amongst others, became a lover of Maynard Keynes. He was also a lover of Vanessa Bell's, with whom he lived together from before the start of the First World War.

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