See Virginia Woolf biographer Alexandra Harris in Woolf’s Monk’s House writing lodge, bathrobe-wearing Nicole fresh from the shower at her Washington, D.C., kitchen table, and Giselle on a bench in a quiet, tree-lined spot in Kensington Palace Gardens.
Then share photo portraits of you or friends in the rooms and spaces that are meaningful to you in the National Portrait Gallery’s “A Room of One’s Own” competition on Tumblr. Winner of Woolf-related prizes will be selected at random. Submit them here.
On a related note, The Telegraph includes a reference to Woolf in a story about rooms of her own, which it dubs she-caves, as spaces where women can read, relax, and do crafts or yoga.
“Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision,” the exhibit of Woolf portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London, opened July 10 and runs through Oct. 26. Read more about the exhibit.
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To mark the centenary of Virginia Woolf’s first novel, The Voyage Out, Routledge has put together a Virtual Special Issue from English Studies that explores Woolf’s life and work. Six articles are available free of charge until the end of this year.
Odin Dekkers, the journal’s editor-in-chief, states:
In terms of subject matter, the articles presented here range from uncovering new facts about Woolf’s life to re-contextualizing and re-reading her work in the light of recent developments in Modernism studies.
Featured articles include:
- ‘Suicidal Mania’ and Flawed Psychobiography: Two Discussions of Virginia Woolf
- Revisiting Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf and the Aesthetics of Respectability
- Virginia Woolf’s Second Visit to Greece
- Structure and Anti-Structure: Virginia Woolf’s Feminist Politics and “The Mark”
- Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf
- Women Knitting: Domestic Activity, Writing, and Distance in Virginia Woolf’s Fiction
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Heading to Chicago for the 24th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Writing the World, June 5-8?
If so, great. I’ll see you there. If not, follow the conference on Twitter.
Here’s the hashtag established by conference planners Diana Swanson and Pamela Caughie: #VWConf14 and here’s the handle: @Woolf_Conf
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Once again, Virginia Woolf has influenced runway fashions, this time at London Fashion Week. Check out these links for references to Woolf, Charleston, Bloomsbury and fashion:
- Handpainted Burberry fashions, a la Charleston Farmhouse. Read the New York Times story.
- London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2014 blog: Days one, two and three in The Telegraph.
- “The inspiration is Virginia Woolf — very poetic and super fragile as if the girl has never been out in the sun,” said the makeup artist in a Women’s Wear Daily story that also refers to the Woolf look as “a bit of a mad woman.”
Read fashion sightings from the past.
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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.
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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 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.
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Christmas shopping with Virginia Woolf? That’s a yes, according to a Woolf sighting (16) that quotes the essay “Oxford Street Tide” in the new edition of The London Scene: Six Essays on London Life. Scroll down for more, seasonal and otherwise.
- Carol Anshaw Paints Vita Sackville-West, Slate Magazine (blog)
“Of course, I came to Vita by way of Virginia Woolf,” Anshaw says of her muse, who is most famous for her relationship with Woolf, despite their both being …
- Why does almost everything written about Primo Levi revolve …, New Statesman
We do not behold the lives and work of Walter Benjamin or Virginia Woolf through the cracked prisms of their self-destruction, but Primo Levi is a special case.
- Petit Mal is a motley collection by Vernon God Little author DBC Pierre, The Australian
‘HE shed over everything the lustre and amenity of his own dreaming,” Virginia Woolf wrote of Thomas De Quincey, self-described opium-eater and grand …
- Woolf Hall: Emma Townshend finds a new book about the author’s …, The Independent
Well, I think so, because the undeniable fact is that, for me, Virginia Woolf’s Garden is about as good as gardening books get, as it manages to completely …
- ARTS AND HUMANITIES: University Theatre Players tackle new …, Aiken Standard
In Virginia Woolf’s most popular novel “Mrs. Dalloway,” the reader follows the two main characters, the society hostess Clarissa Dalloway and the shell-shocked …
- A Room Of One’s Own, NOW Magazine
Virginia Woolf’s statement that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” has resonated ever since she made it in a series of …
- Paul Merton’s Impro Chums – National Tour, The Good Review
Ah, improvisation – the comedic stream-of-consciousness; a theatrical method that would probably be practiced by the likes of Virginia Woolf or Marcel Proust, …
- What the gardens of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell reveal, Financial Times
One is the author Virginia Woolf, who lived, mostly at weekends and not in winter, with her husband, Leonard, at Monk’s House in Rodmell, East Sussex.
- The Lost Art of Letter-Writing, Wall Street Journal
From Cicero to John Keats, Virginia Woolf to Jack Kerouac —how would these masters of the letter have taken to the inbox and junk folder? Would they have …
- BWW Interview: Meet ‘Virginia Woolf‘ – A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN’s …, Broadway World
As Wright explains, “This is a chance for the audience to get to know Virginia Woolf like never before. She was an extremely complicated woman who was well …
- Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’ debuts in Toronto, DigitalJournal.com
In 1928 and 1929 Virginia Woolf made two addresses – one to Girton College and one to Newnham College in Cambridge. Later she expanded her ideas into …
- On Craftsmanship: The Only Surviving Recording of Virginia Woolf’s …, The Stringer
The beginning of the essay isn’t preserved in the recording, which begins about a third in. Among what’s omitted is Woolf’s faith in words as an antidote to the …
- A day in the life of a book, Brainerd, Daily Dispatch
Virginia Woolf’s most famous character, Mrs. Dalloway (in the book of the same name) said that “she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to …
- Virginia and Some of Her Friends | La Mama, Australian Stage Online
Virginia and Some of Her Friends is one of this year’s offerings, and while it is not … Those with a prior knowledge of Virginia Woolf’s biography would be able to …
- Fascinating tales from vibrant life, Herald Scotland
Professor Hermione Lee’s life of Virginia Woolf met with Fitzgerald’s approval. Lee now writes the life of a writer whose novels have a richer humanity and more …
- Virginia Woolf goes Christmas shopping, Telegraph.co.uk
Down in the docks one sees things in their crudity, their bulk, their enormity. Here in Oxford Street they have been refined and transformed. The barrels of damp …
- Benjamin Rivers’ Sense of Snow, Torontoist
In Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf describes a woman’s entire life through the course of events that occur in a single day. In a similar way, Benjamin Rivers’ …
- Are children spread too thin in their talent quest?, Telegraph.co.uk
“So what novels of Virginia Woolf have you read?” He says yes to the ones I name, and adds another couple. “How about the diaries?” Yes, he’s been reading …
- Forgive Me, Virginia Woolf, New York Times
I was in England, taking a class on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group at Oxford; we were introduced by mutual friends. And as if true love weren’t enough …
- The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White | Book Review, The Guardian
Any book that delighted both Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin is a must-read, in my opinion, and Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne [Oxford …
- English fiction: Penelope Fitzgerald: Blue flower, Chicago Tribune
WHEN Hermione Lee’s life of Virginia Woolf was published in 1996, one of the reviewers who vouched for it was Penelope Fitzgerald, then aged 80 and one of ..
- Virginia Woolf Called for Sainthood for Samuel Johnson, The New Republic
On this day in 1740, the Scottish author and lawyer James Boswell was born. Best known for his pioneering usage of human details and personal observations …
- ‘Book of Ages,’ by Jill Lepore, San Francisco Chronicle
asked Virginia Woolf, who then invented a brief and tragic life for the imaginary Judith Shakespeare. Likewise, Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and staff writer for …
- Prohibition-Era Passion: Three ’20s Books On Trailblazing Loves, NPR
The 1920s were a time of literary liberation. In the footsteps of pioneers like May Sinclair, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf,
- Music was vital to Virginia Woolf, Herald Scotland
MUSIC played a vital role in the work of Virginia Woolf, according to new research carried out by a Scots academic. MUSIC played a vital role in the work of …
- Dinner At Seven-Thirty, NOW Magazine
Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness novels pose major challenges to anyone brave enough to adapt them to other formats. Dense, poetic reflections work …
- A retreat of one’s own: Tending to Virginia Woolf’s country plot …The Independent
When Caroline Zoob was living at Monk’s House, the former home ofVirginia and Leonard Woolf, she recalls how she would overhear visitors speculating …
- Book of a lifetime: Middlemarch, By George Eliot, The Independent
I agree with Michael Gove about very little but we are at one on the greatness of Middlemarch, rightly described by Virginia Woolf as “a magnificent book that, …
- For the Greek Spring by Kelvin Corcoran – review, The Guardian
On first visiting Greece in 1906, Virginia Woolf‘s disappointment led her to snobbishly contrast the “rustic dialect of barbarous use” she heard with the “classical …
- Elevated view of decline in Tim Winton’s Eyrie, The Australian
Norwegian author Knut Hamsun employed stream-of-consciousness narration years before Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. He was a writer “of crepuscular …
- Everyone deserves a special place, San Antonio Express
Virginia Woolf wrote movingly in “A Room of One’s Own” about the need for women writers to have a space of their own in which to write. I think that now the idea …
- 7 Reasons Why We’re Still Fascinated By Virginia Woolf, Marie Claire.co.uk (blog)
The incomparable Virginia Woolf will be brought to life on our screens once more this autumn, in an upcoming episode of Downton Abbey. Here are 7 reasons …
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The Indigo Girls sing “Virginia Woolf.”
And a video “Tribute to Virginia Woolf” set to the same song.
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Included in this collection are links to coverage of the infamous David Gilmour and his misguided views about women writers (9-11). Balancing that is this lovely quote from Andrew Solomon in the New York Times:
Andrew Solomon (screenshot from NYT website)
Virginia Woolf is my other favorite. I feel as if she is writing not simply about the mind, but about my mind. Her books are as visceral to me as music. I find that Woolf, like chocolate, requires rationing; I could easily become emotionally obese if I let myself consume her work too often. – Andrew Solomon (14) in this week’s Woolf Sightings
- Book of Ages: Franklin’s sis no footnote, Columbus Dispatch
In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf speculated about what life would have been like for an imaginary sister of Shakespeare. Not good, she concludes: Her …
- READING & WRITING : The idea of secrets, E Kantipur
The first time a publisher approached Hermione Lee with the idea of writing a biography of Virginia Woolf, she said no. Then a second publisher suggested the …
- Book Review: ‘The Letters of C. Vann Woodward’, Wall Street Journal
For those whom the novelist Virginia Woolf called common readers, intending no condescension, history is often problematic, seeming to offer a choice between …
- Searching for supermen, Daily Californian
Virginia Woolf tells me not to be angry all the time because no one wants to listen to angry people. So this week, I’m taking a break from lamenting the sad state …
- ‘Shakespeare’s Sister’ Adapts Woolf and DurasNew York Times
Who can say whether one of Shakespeare’s sisters was a frustrated writer, as Virginia Woolfimagined in “A Room of One’s Own”? But Peter Brook’s daughter, …
- Horley’s Archway Theatre turns to tale of a Tudor queen, This is Local London
Horley’s Archway Theatre is currently presenting Eileen Atkins’ play, Vita and Virginia, depicting the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, …
- The Journal Is The Destination (A Hat Tip To Dan Eldon), NPR (blog)
Habitual journaling has given society insight into the minds of great writers, from Franz Kafka to Virginia Woolf. But how does a photographer keep a journal?
- Julian Barnes’ ‘grief memoir’ is really a love story, Wicked Local (blog)
Great writers can make just about anything work. Virginia Woolf made us believe Orlando went to sleep a man and awoke a woman. We never think twice about …
- University Of Toronto Students Protest English Instructor Who Is ‘Not …Business Insider Australia
Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would …
- University Of Toronto Literature Professor Says He’s “Not Interested …, BuzzFeed
Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach … And when I tried to teach Virginia Woolf, she’s too sophisticated, even for a …
- David Gilmour’s Refusal To Teach Women Writers Sparks Rage …Huffington Post Canada
Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories,” Gilmour said. “When I was given this job I said I would …
- Sage Is Culver City’s Best New Vegan Restaurant, Huffington Post
Virginia Woolf once wrote, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” If Virginia Woolf had traveled down Sepulveda Boulevard in …
- Things to do in Paradise/Downtown, Sept. 24-30, Las Vegas Review-Journal
The one-man show features Jade Esteban portraying Plato, Virginia Woolf, Freddy Mercury and others. The event is part of The Centerpiece, a queer arts and …
- Andrew Solomon: By the Book, New York Times
The author of “Far From the Tree” loves reading Virginia Woolf, but in small portions. “I could easily become emotionally obese if I let myself consume her work …
- The End of Fundamentalism, Washington Post (blog)
On or about September 19th, 2013, the world changed, to paraphraseVirginia Woolf. I’ve been waiting for the definitive character of the Era change that’s been …
- Fascinating fact:, Hollywood.com
Actress Christina Carty has been cast as writer Virginia Woolf in the upcoming season of hit period drama Downton Abbey. Hugh Jackman’s wife pens op-ed …
- ‘A Man’s World’ Is Being Revived at Metropolitan Playhouse, New York Times
Almost 20 years before Virginia Woolf published “A Room of One’s Own,” the playwright Rachel Crothers sought the same thing for her heroine in her 1910 ..
- James Joyce in 1920s Paris, The New Republic
On this day in 1922, Virginia Woolf took to her diary to pan what she had read of James Joyce’s Ulysses. “An illiterate, underbred book it seems to me,” she wrote …
- ‘Orlando’ review: Magically shifting gender, time, San Francisco Chronicle
That’s as true for Sarah Ruhl’s lovingly crafted adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s time-bending, gender-shifting novel as it is for Woolf’s mesmerizing prose.
- Who’s Afraid?, New York Times
Adam Kirsch mentions, by way of contrast, the example of Virginia Woolf’s work for The Times Literary Supplement, where, as he puts it, “she specialized in …
- Literary Figures and Their Wild Pets, Huffington Post
We love images of famous writers with their pets: Edith Wharton with her lapdogs, Virginia Woolf with her spaniel, gloomy Ernest Hemingway cuddling one of his …
- La Mama’s Shakespeare’s Sister Playwright Irina Brook on Being a …, TheaterMania.com
La MaMa is hosting her company’s newest play, Shakespeare’s Sister (or La Vie Matérielle) — a piece Brook adapted from writings by Virginia Woolf (A Room of …
- Self Publishing: Here To Stay?, Huffington Post
In 1917 Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard unpacked a small printing press in the front room of their home. They set up the Hogarth Press to enable them …
- Conrad, Woolf to visit Iran with two novellas, Iran Book News Agency
‘Jacob’s Room’ is the third novel by Virginia Woolf, first published in 1922. The novel centres, in a very ambiguous way, around the life story of the protagonist …
- Virginia Woolf and the “Melymbrosia” manuscriptThe Sunday Times Sri Lanka
It wasn’t until 2007 when I bought the late Paul Evans’ 4000 Bloomsbury book collection and started building the Literary Museum at Glenthorne that I …
- Genre benders: where fiction and photography meet, Irish Times
… suggesting bold new possibilities for literature. They were André Breton’s surrealist masterwork Nadja, and Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending farce Orlando.
- First edition of TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ sells for £4500, New York Daily News (blog)
Though Virginia Woolf is known for her introspective meditations on femininity and the self, she and her husband Leonard were also founders of a publishing …
- Preserve and protect, South China Morning Post
Her name may not mean much to readers, except for those who are familiar with the five volumes ofVirginia Woolf’s diary, which she edited meticulously, …
- Michael Palin’s 6 favorite books, The Week Magazine
The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Vols. 1–5 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $139). One of the greatest travelers of the mind, Virginia Woolf was always asking questions of …
- 11 Authors Who Kept Their Day Jobs, Huffington Post
Along with her husband, Leonard Woolf, Virginia founded publishing house Hogarth Press. The pair published Russian translations, psychoanalytic works, and …
- Vocational Training From a Label Near You, New York Times
She went on to receive a master’s degree in literature at the Sorbonne, where she wrote dissertations on the works of Zelda Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf.
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