Brilliant and liberated they might be, but that did not necessarily make them happy. After her London house was bombed in 1941, Virginia Woolf descended into one of her famous black moods, left letters for her husband and her sister, lined her pockets with stones and walked into the river. Another, the painter Dora Carrington, shot herself after Lytton Strachey, the famed Victorian portraitist and writer, died of stomach cancer. Never mind that Dora was married at the time and Lytton the one-time lover of the economist John Maynard Keynes.
The group more or less dissolved in 1930 as it was absorbed into the broader intellectual environment of London, Oxford and Cambridge.