Archive for the ‘Virginia Woolf’ Category

Originally posted on The Incompetent Writer:

Woolf One of the best things about writing / reading literature is getting the chance to return, after a gap of some years, to a work you once found really amazing, and, on re-reading it, find it even more amazing than before. It wasn’t that you were naive and easily moved; on the contrary, you couldn’t perceive, at least not fully, all that novel’s remarkable qualities. The passage of time, and the slow acquisition of greater skill, allows you to read more deeply, and be even more impressed.

I was lucky enough to have that experience a week ago. In our fiction class with the novelist Michael Knight, we were reading and discussing Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

I first read Mrs. Dalloway in Taiwan, and at that time, I had not read a lot of classic literature. During my teenage years, I read almost entirely science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and in my early…

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Godrevy LighthouseWill Godrevy Lighthouse, an icon of literature thanks to Virginia Woolf’s 1927 novel To the Lighthouse, be put on the auction block? Or will it be taken over by the Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Council? No one knows for sure.

Tuesday, operator Trinity House said it would keep the lighthouse, which sits on its own island near Hayle. Even though the light does not function, the towering white structure serves as a daytime visual aid for mariners. And it is considered a key element of the area’s heritage. It is said to be one of the most photographed Cornish landmarks.

Godrevy was built in 1858 and 1859 on the largest rock of the Stones reef. The lighthouse lies 980 ft off Godrevy Head in St. Ives Bay. The beach at  St. Ives has been named among the UK’s top 10.

Read more about Godrevy Lighthouse

Godrevy going modern, July 10, 2012

Woolf sightings: When Virginia went to the lighthouse, Nov. 22, 2011



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Wear Your Books

Paula Maggio:

Picture yourself wearing a Virginia Woolf book. One way is on your shoes, as in a pair of ballet flats signifying Mrs. Dalloway’s walk. Look for others below.

Originally posted on the most happy:

Inspired by my previous bookish look , I wanted to see if there were any fabulous book-related fashion items I could wear to flaunt my nerdy love for books. A Pinterest scour yielded many, many pretty results.  Too  many. I’d love any number of these items, but my favorites are that tutu made of pages from a book and that gorgeous skirt, which would make a great DIY project for a lazy Sunday. I’ve actually done the newspaper nails, as well, but mine did not come out that perfect!  Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 12.57.33 PM

The bib necklaces are unbelievably beautiful. The first one I especially love, since it is a quote from one of my favorite poems of all time, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land:

“April is the cruellest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”

The Waste Land is mesmerizing and lush…

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This collection of Woolf sightings includes a seasonal approach to Woolf (1) and mentions of World War I (10, 11).Orlando at American Conservatory Theater

  1. Appropriate for the season: How Five Literary Characters (including gloomy Orlando) Deal With Winter.
  2. Nora in The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, works on a series of tiny dioramas, including one depicting Virginia Woolf putting rocks in her pockets at Rodmell. More on this sighting of Woolf in contemporary fiction.
  3. Jim Brock turned to Virginia Woolf for inspiration in writing his new play, “Because Beauty Must Be Broken Daily” in Florida.
  4. Tove Jansson compared to Virginia Woolf.
  5. Between the Lines,” a set of collages based on women in literature, including Virginia Woolf.
  6. Billilla, a grand old house in Brighton, is a place of one’s own to write fiction as part of the Bayside City Council’s Artist in Residence Program.
  7. Add the Internet as a necessity, along with a room and an income, for women who want to write.
  8. The influence of Middlemarch, which Woolf touted as “one of the few English novels for grown-up people.”
  9. Woolf, economic independence & empowerment in a modern context. Read more.
  10. Finally, a WWI anthology that is diverse — but includes no Woolf and no West.
  11. A high school academic decathlon focusing on WWI and including Woolf’ “Mark on the Wall.”
  12. Woolf an influence on John Hennessy.
  13. Almost an allusion to Virginia Woolf in Dylan’s “Desolation Row.”
  14. “Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors,” an exhibition at London’s Freud Museum featuring women’s eperiences, including Virginia Woolf’s.
  15. Does Mrs. Dalloway need a trauma trigger warning?
  16. Start Here, Volume 2 helps you read your way into 25 authors, including Virginia Woolf.
  17. A few more tales from the amazing life of Ruth Gruber.
  18. A Bryn Mawr swimmer visits sites abroad, including those of Woolf and the Bloomsbury group.
  19. Despite Virginia Woolf and Mary Shelly, sexism rampant among science fiction writers.

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A carefully selected collection of relatively recent Woolf sightings from around the Web, starting with Vogue.

  • Vogue describes Felicity Jones as “massive fan of Virginia Woolf” who is part of “a Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 3.57.09 PMnew cool British intelligentsia – the Bloomsbury Set relocated to twenty-first-century east London.”
  • Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector: Looked like Dietrich, wrote like Virginia Woolf. Read more.
  • George Saunders says Virginia Woolf’s prose is more difficult to read than his own.
  • Susan Langford of Britain’s Magic Me needs “A Room of My Own, as Virginia Woolf put it” to achieve her goals.
  • A story on more women journalists covering cricket invokes Virginia Woolf.
  • Virginia Woolf’s questions about women, writing and gender discrimination are still relevant today.
  • Stylistic influence of Virginia Woolf present in stream-of-consciousness sections of Zadie Smith’s new book “The Embassy of Cambodia.”
  • “Finnegan’s Wake” performance compared to Virginia Woolf’s “The Docks of London.”
  • Leibowitz exhibit with Woolf photo in Illinois. Get details.
  • Virginia Woolf memorably described T. S. Eliot’s wife, Vivien, as like “a bag of ferrets” that Eliot was condemned to wear around his neck.
  • Anne Olivier Bell, editor of Virginia Woolf’s Diary, in this NPR broadcast about The Monuments Men.
  • Virginia Woolf on the shelves of Pratt’s Special Collections
  • Virginia Woolf meets Bridget Jones, Sherlock Holmes in literary London mashup.
  • Feminists edit women into Wikipedia.
  • Virginia Woolf and cricket: A connection. Read more.

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BloomsburyCookbook_title_26523A Bloomsbury cookbook promising a combination of food, life, love and art, will be available in hardcover on April 22.

The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art by Jans Ondaatje Rolls offers more than 180 recipes — some handwritten and never before published — from Frances Partridge, Helen Anrep and David and Angelica Garnett. The recipes, according to publisher Thames & Hudson, promise to “take us into the very heart” the world of the Bloomsbury Group by recreating mealtime atmospheres at locations such as Monk’s House, Charleston Farmhouse and Gordon Square.

The publisher is billing the book as more than a cookbook. Its photographs, letters, journals and paintings will contribute a social history angle as well. It is priced at £24.95.

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The literature rating website RateMyWords.com is running its first competition. Its subjectwriting-2 is #VirginiaWoolf’s life and work. The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain will judge the competition. All genres of literature are welcome – short story, essay, poem, song, etc.

The #RateMyWords ‘Virginia Woolf Writing Competition’ opened for entries on Jan. 25, which would have been Virginia Woolf’s 132nd birthday, and will close on Feb. 25, 2014.

Winners will be announced on RateMyWords.com on March 25, 2014. RateMyWords has pledged to donate all profits to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

Read about the prizes and conditions for entry below:

1st: £200, a digital Competition Winner’s Medal, posting in the RateMyWords Hall of Fame
2nd: £100, a digital Medal, posting in Hall of Fame
3rd: £50, a digital Medal, posting in Hall of Fame

• Each registered user may enter work in any genre with a maximum of 1,500 words per work.
• All work must be previously unpublished (including on RateMyWords).
• The entry fee will be £3, payable through PayPal.
• Closing date is Feb. 25, 2014: no entries will be accepted after this date.
• Entries will be submitted anonymously to the judging panel and their decision will be final.
• Winners will be announced on March 25, 2014, on RateMyWords.com and their works will be displayed in the website’s Hall of Fame.
• RateMyWords will publish on Twitter and Facebook links to the three winning works.
• 10 percent of all entry fees will go to Book Aid International.
• Any profits will be donated to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

For more information and instructions on how to enter, please go to www.ratemywords.com/competition

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Originally posted on SuchFriends Blog:

…in England, The Egoist magazine runs the first of 25 instalments of “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by Irish writer James Joyce, who turns 32 on this date. Dora Marsden, one month younger, had founded The New Freewoman suffragette magazine the year before, but American poet Ezra Pound, 28, had convinced her to change the name and start publishing modern writers like Joyce.

Pound had discovered Joyce’s work the previous year through his new best friend, poet William Butler Yeats, 48. They have been living and working in Stone Cottage in Sussex, with Pound helping Yeats because his eyesight is failing.

Joyce is working as an English teacher in Trieste, Italy, having his work rejected by publishers in Ireland and England. His partner, Nora Barnacle, 29, takes care of their son Giorgio, 9, and daughter Lucia, 7, and puts up with Joyce’s drinking and ever-wilder…

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Woolf at MLA 2014, a set on Flickr.

A few photos from the outstanding Virginia Woolf panel, “Virginia Woolf and Book History,” at the MLA in Chicago, and the Virginia Woolf Dinner at Shaw’s Crab House on Saturday, Jan. 11, which was organized by Leslie Hankins. A lovely time was had by all.

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