Run, don’t walk, to the nearest newsstand to purchase the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, UK edition. The reason is Woolf. The magazine will include a reprint of her short story “Lappin and Lapinova,” which she wrote exclusively for the magazine in 1939.
To introduce it, Woolf biographer Alexandra Harris recalls her literary love affair with Woolf and describes the true story behind the short story.
The link to Harris’s recollection was shared on the VWoolf Listserv. Here is what readers had to say:
my enchantment was triggered by `Lappin and Lapinova’ when I was a senior in college. I was mesmerized by the fairy tale of a failed marriage and then ended up writing my final paper forand `Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown. And the rest is history.”
“I was in graduate school in Madison at the University of Wisconsin, working on Renaissance (as we called it then) literature. I had never even heard of Virginia Woolf. A woman to whom I was entirely attracted asked me if I read her and I tried not to answer. I went right to the library and got To the Lighthouse because the object of my crush had mentioned that title. I was completely stunned and amazed and just kept reading. As soon as I had a little wiggle room as a professor, I began teaching her to other young people who didn’t know who she was. The relationship with the woman only lasted 7 years, but my connection to Virginia continues to grow as I continue to age.”