Archive for the ‘Virginia Woolf’ Category
This collection of Woolf sightings includes a seasonal approach to Woolf (1) and mentions of World War I (10, 11).
- Appropriate for the season: How Five Literary Characters (including gloomy Orlando) Deal With Winter.
- 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.
- Jim Brock turned to Virginia Woolf for inspiration in writing his new play, “Because Beauty Must Be Broken Daily” in Florida.
- Tove Jansson compared to Virginia Woolf.
- “Between the Lines,” a set of collages based on women in literature, including Virginia Woolf.
- 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.
- Add the Internet as a necessity, along with a room and an income, for women who want to write.
- The influence of Middlemarch, which Woolf touted as “one of the few English novels for grown-up people.”
- Woolf, economic independence & empowerment in a modern context. Read more.
- Finally, a WWI anthology that is diverse — but includes no Woolf and no West.
- A high school academic decathlon focusing on WWI and including Woolf’ “Mark on the Wall.”
- Woolf an influence on John Hennessy.
- Almost an allusion to Virginia Woolf in Dylan’s “Desolation Row.”
- “Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors,” an exhibition at London’s Freud Museum featuring women’s eperiences, including Virginia Woolf’s.
- Does Mrs. Dalloway need a trauma trigger warning?
- Start Here, Volume 2 helps you read your way into 25 authors, including Virginia Woolf.
- A few more tales from the amazing life of Ruth Gruber.
- A Bryn Mawr swimmer visits sites abroad, including those of Woolf and the Bloomsbury group.
- Despite Virginia Woolf and Mary Shelly, sexism rampant among science fiction writers.
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 new 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.
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.
The literature rating website RateMyWords.com is running its first competition. Its subject 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
Posted in Virginia Woolf on Monday 3 February 2014 |
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 schemes to make money, including running the first cinema in Dublin, during his frequent trips back home.
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.
Originally posted on SuchFriends Blog:
…in England, essayist Lytton Strachey, 34, writes to his cousin and former lover, painter Duncan Grant, about to turn 29,
Are you waiting for Clive’s Art to come out to know what to think on that and every other subject?
Art, by critic Clive Bell, 32, one of Lytton’s Cambridge friends, is a tiny little book for such a big title. Using many of the ideas proposed earlier by his other Bloomsbury friend, Roger Fry, 47, Bell first puts forth the idea of “significant form.”
Colum McCann’s latest novel, TransAtlantic, is a fascinating account of the lives of four generations of fictional Irish women woven into recorded history, from Frederick Douglass’ visit to Dublin in 1845 to gain support for the abolitionist cause to Senator George Mitchell’s mediation of Irish peace talks in 1998 on behalf of the Clinton Administration.
Woolf makes an unexpected appearance well into the novel in the story of Emily and Lottie Ehrlich, mother and daughter, journalist/poet and photographer, on a transatlantic journey from their home in Newfoundland to Great Britain in 1929.
They had packed as little as possible in their wooden trunk in the hope that they would be able to move easily from place to place. A few changes of clothes, some weather gear, two copies of the same Virginia Woolf novel [Jacob’s Room], notebooks, photographic film, some medicine for Emily’s arthritis.
The days were lengthy. The hours drifted. The sea stretched a round majestic gray. In the distance the horizon curved. Mother and daughter sat on the deck and looked backwards as the evening sun flared red.
They read the Woolf novel in tandem, matched each other almost page for page. “The voice had an extraordinary sadness. Pure from all body, pure from all passion, going out into the world, solitary, unanswered, breaking against rocks—so it sounded.” What Emily liked most of all was the appearance of ease that Woolf brought. The words slid so easily into one another. There was a sense of a full life being translated. It was, in Woolf’s hands, a display of humility.
She envied the young Woolf. The command and promise the Englishwoman showed. Her profusion of voices. The ability to live in several different bodies.
We have Virginia Woolf’s Reading Notebooks, her diaries and her letters, all of which tell us about her reading habits.
Now there’s another source for this interesting information — the Reading Experience Database (RED), hosted by the Open University. As reported on the Open Culture website, RED provides a vast, open-access compendium of British authors’ reading habits from 1450 through 1945. And it includes Woolf’s.