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Cecil Woolf Publishers’ new monographs usually come out in June to coincide with the Annual International Conference on 2012 monographsVirginia Woolf, but publication of the 2012 monographs was delayed. Now, the long-awaited list of new volumes in his two series, the Bloomsbury Heritage and The War Poets, is here.

Bloomsbury Heritage Series

  • Virginia Woolf and the Spanish Civil War: Texts, Contexts & Women’s Narratives by Lolly Ockerstrom
  • Walking in the Footsteps of Michel de Montaigne by Judith Allen
  • Virginia Woolf as a ‘Cubist Writer’ by Sarah Latham Phillips
  • How Should One Read a Marriage?: Private Writings, Public Readings, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf by Drew Patrick Shannon
  • The Best of Blogging Woolf, Five Years On by Paula Maggio
  • Virginia Woolf’s Likes and Dislikes, Collected and Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Paula Maggio

The War Poets Series

  • Isaac Rosenberg, War Poet as Painter by Jean Moorcroft Wilson
  • T.E. Hulme: ‘One of the War Poets’ by David Worthington
  • Apollinaire: Poet of War and Peace by Jacqueline Peltier
  • Alan Seeger: the American Rupert Brooke? by Phil Carradice
  • Soldier Songs of the Second World War, selected and edited with an Introduction and Notes by Roger Press

See a complete list of the monographs in both of these series.

All of the books published by Cecil Woolf Publishers are available directly from:

Cecil Woolf Publishing, 1 Mornington Place, London NW1 7RP, England, Tel: 020 7387 2394 (or +44 (0)20 7387 2394 from outside the UK). Prices range from £4.50 to £9.95. For more information, contact cecilwoolf@gmail.com.

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Leslie Stephen and his daughter Virginia Woolf...

Leslie Stephen and his daughter Virginia Woolf 1902 (Photo credit: ADiamondFellFromTheSky)

It’s no wonder that Catherine Hollis noticed when the Nov. 26 edition of the Paris Review included an article on Leslie Stephen as montaineer. After all, she wrote a monograph for Cecil Woolf Publishers published in 2010 titled Leslie Stephen as Mountaineer: Where does Mont Blanc end, and where do I begin?’.

The Paris Review piece, “Peaks and Valleys: Leslie Stephen, Mountaineer,” was written by Alex Siskin, a Hollywood film producer with a passion for Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf and the writing of modernist women, according to Hollis. Thus, one can read a variety of posts on the topic of Virginia Woolf and her father on his blog, zhiv.

Just because Hollis wrote a monograph about Leslie Stephen as mountaineer doesn’t mean she is done with the topic. As part of the writing process, she “stumbled up his routes on Mont Blanc, the Rimpfischorn, the Schreckhorn (partially), the Jungfrau, and others between 2007 and 2011.”

And she has posted some of the stories of her climb on her blog, Downhill All the Way. There, you can experience much of the climb with none of the exertion.

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Here is a fun Woolf sighting that would have been buried in this week’s long list if Alice Lowe hadn’t called my attention to it with her comment.

Titled “Bloomsbury Heads West,” this short story published on the Seven Days website, transports Virginia Woolf to the 21st-century American West, where she appears in the form of a young woman named Darla who dresses, thinks, sounds and acts like Woolf. Vita Sackville-West, Vanessa and Clive Bell and Lytton Strachey appear as part of the gang as well.

Of course, it’s only natural that Alice would hone in on this sighting. As the author of Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction, No. 58 in Cecil Woolf’s Bloomsbury Heritage Series, she keeps her eyes peeled for just this type of thing.

Thanks for the alert, Alice!

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Since completing Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction, a monograph in Cecil Woolf Publishers’ Bloomsbury Heritage Series, I find that I’m still drawn to and fascinated by the discovery of more Woolf references and influences in both newly published books and going back a few decades.

I recently discovered a “new” writer, Jane Gardam, and am have been burrowing through her work with delight and, initially, with no thoughts of Woolf. Gardam is well known in Britain, having published more than 20 novels since 1971, but relatively obscure to American readers. That may change since the New York Times Book Review praised her latest, The Man in the Wooden Hat.

This book and its 2004 prequel, Old Filth (which stands for “Failed in London, Try Hong Kong”), are panoramas of two lives and a marriage from different points of view, startlingly so, as it turns out. Gardam writes vividly and beautifully, her characters are eccentric and fascinating, and the way she plays with time reminds me of Woolf, allowing past and present to weave through the narrative. Of course I started wondering what influence Woolf may have had on her writing and what she thought of Woolf.

Wanting to read more of her work, I picked up a couple of her earlier novels, and the link was established. Gardam’s name-dropping hints at a playful homage to Woolf as well as recognition of her prominence in the respective contexts of novels taking place during Woolf’s lifetime.

In Faith Fox (1996), a major character is Thomasina Fox. A confused woman refers to her as Thomasina Woolf, remarking that “She wrote The Waves, you know.” Crusoe’s Daughter (1985) starts with an epigraph from The Common Reader: “The pressure of life when one is fending for oneself alone on a desert island is really no laughing matter. It is no crying one either.”

Virginia and Leonard Woolf appear as guests at a Garsington-like manor house with gatherings of artists and aesthetes. The narrator observes new arrivals: “A melancholy brooding man and a very thin woman in old expensive clothes with the hem coming down, who was beautiful. Even her raggedness looked queenly. She was rather wild about the eyes which were in very deep caves in her face, and the corners of her mouth turned down in a desperately forlorn and anxious, yet sweet way.” They were identified as the famous Mr. and Mrs. Wolf (sic) and later referred to as the “dotty” Olympian Wolves.

I have a big stack of summer reading to occupy the months ahead, including more Jane Gardam. And part of the fun is that I never know when and where Virginia Woolf will appear.

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Still in the thralls of this year’s Conference on Virginia Woolf, which ended just three days ago, I have two anecdotes to share.

Both connect to Catherine Hollis, author of Leslie Stephen as Mountaineer: ‘Where does Mont Blanc end, and where do I begin?’, one of four Bloomsbury Heritage monographs published by Cecil Woolf Publishers this spring.

Here is the first. On the morning of the second day of the conference, I was sitting in the Fairfield Inn lobby sipping the truly bad coffee and trying to wake up.

Vara Neverow sat down to chat with me, and soon afterward, Catherine joined us. I had never met Catherine, but as soon as Vara mentioned Catherine’s penchant for mountain climbing, my still sleepy ears perked up.

“You’re the mountaineer,” I cried. “You’re Catherine. Hollis.”

“Yes,” she answered. “Who are you?”

“I’m weather,” I replied. And she immediately knew what I meant.

Of course, that sent us all into gales of laughter. No pun intended. And we told and retold that little story throughout the conference. But just in case any of you missed hearing it, I have repeated it here.

Now for the second tale, which Catherine shared with me today via e-mail. I will leave the telling to one of the participants, Catherine Gregg, author of Virginia Woolf and ‘Dress Mania’: ‘the eternal and insoluble question of clothes’, another of the monographs introduced by Cecil at the June conference.

Catherine has posted the story on the Bookslut blog, so I’ll just give you a teaser. Her tale involves a ratty dressing gown, a parcel of books, a bottle of wine and Cecil Woolf. Read on.

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Reading the SkiesIf you are attending the Woolf conference, June 3-6 at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., you can plan some of your book purchases in advance, including the latest from Cecil Woolf’s Bloomsbury Heritage Series.

  • A link on the Georgetown College bookstore’s webpage has a list of the books that will be for sale at the conference. You can order them in advance and either pick them up at the bookstore or at the conference center when you arrive.
  • A representative from The Scholar’s Choice will also be there with lots of wonderful books (display copies) and order forms.
  • Pace University Press will have offerings and order forms on hand. 
  • Cecil Woolf Publishers will offer the latest volumes from its Bloomsbury Heritage Series. Among them are:
    • Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction by Alice Lowe
    • Desmond and Molly MacCarthy: Bloomsberries by Todd Avery
    • Leslie Stephen as Mountaineer: ‘Where does Mont Blanc end, and where do I begin?’ by Catherine W. Hollis
    • Virginia Woolf and ‘Dress Mania’: ‘the eternal and insoluble question of clothes’ by Catherine Gregg

Get more details about the 2010 Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Woolf and the Natural World.

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Bloomsbury Heritage SeriesCecil Woolf is calling all Woolfians, both common readers and scholars!

The publisher and nephew of Leonard and Virginia has proposed a project for Blogging Woolf. And he plans to publish it as a monograph in his Bloomsbury Heritage series.

Cecil has asked us to collect “Virginia Woolf’s Likes and Dislikes” on this blog. Readers can submit their entries in the comments section on the Woolf likes and dislikes page, citing the source of the quote (Woolf’s Diary or Letters), volume, and page number.

Contributors should also include your name and academic affiliation, if appropriate, so you can be credited for your contribution in the Bloomsbury Heritage volume Cecil plans to edit and publish.

Cecil himself, who heads Cecil Woolf Publishers in London, has come up with the first offering. Here’s what he sent Blogging Woolf:

  • “I like printing in my basement best, almost: no, I like drinking champagne and getting wildly excited. I like driving off to Rodmell on a hot Friday evening and having cold ham, and sitting on my terrace and smoking a cigar with an owl or two” (Letters IV 189).

On the previous page of that volume of letters, I found the following:

  • “I don’t like [J. C.] Squire, but am doubtless jaundiced by my sense of his pervading mediocrity and thick thumbedness” (Letters IV 188).

Now it’s your turn, fellow Woolfians. Click here to post away. Then read more about Cecil on Anne Fernald’s blog, Fernham.

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