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Here’s a blog post about the state of girls today, with an appropriate tie-in to Virginia Woolf, including her short story “A Society.” It comes via the Lost and Found Books blog. It’s titled “Wes Anderson, and the #DayoftheGirl.”

Thankfully, in the tradition of Woolf’s society of girls, my daughter is asking questions. Lots of questions. Let’s hope she gets the right answers. And learns to ignore the wrong ones.

The due date for submissions to the spring 2016 issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany is Oct. 15.



Call for Papers: A Truly Miscellaneous Woolf Miscellany
Spring 2016 Issue of Virginia Woolf Miscellany
Submissions due:  15 October 2015

Essays requested on any topic related to Virginia Woolf. All topics and approaches are welcome; however, we have particular interest in essays on post-colonial, eco-critical, LGBT, and historical topics. PLEASE NOTE that this CFP replaces the CFP for “The Woolfs and Africa;” however, papers on Africa are especially welcome, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • Virginia Woolf and African writers;
  • representations of Africa in Virginia’s fiction and/or essays;
  • Leonard’s international politics/writing and Africa;
  • imperialism, race, and Africa in the Woolfs’ lives and work;
  • teaching Virginia and/or Leonard Woolf in Africa;
  • African perspectives on Virginia’s feminism;
  • African modernisms and Virginia Woolf;
  • post-colonial African literature and Virginia Woolf.

    Please send queries and submissions to Diana L. Swanson at dswanson@niu.edu<mailto:dswanson@niu.edu> .

    Essays should be between 2,500 and 3,000 words and use MLA citation style. Submit files in Word or RTF format.


A photograph of Hitler’s “Black Book,” or “hit-list.”

The DailyMail.co.uk is reporting that historians have “digitized the first full English translation” of Adolf Hitler’s “Black Book,” which contained the names of many British figures whom he planned to have arrested (or killed) if Germany were to take over Britain.

Although there were once around 20,000 copies of the list, according to the Daily Mail, “only two are said to exist today.”

From the Daily Mail article:

Historians have painstakingly researched all 2,820 ‘enemies of the state, traitors and undesirables’ who were ‘marked for punishment or death’ that featured in the Nazi leader’s so-called Black Book.

The result is a comprehensive digitized database that reveals who the wanted citizens were, why they were a threat to the Nazis and what was to become of them.

The list is made up of hundreds of prominent politicians, authors, poets, journalists, actors, scientists, musicians, heads of industry and religious leaders.


English novelist E.M. Forster was also listed in Hitler’s “Black Book” as an “enemy of the state.”

Both Leonard and Virginia Woolf are on the list. Virginia was classified in Hitler’s list as an “enemy of the state.”Other famous writers on Hitler’s list include:

  • H.G. Wells
  • Vera Brittain
  • E.M. Forster
  • Aldous Huxley

Read the Daily Mail article to see other Brits who were on Hitler’s list and learn more about Hitler’s “Black Book” and SS-Oberführer Walter Schellenberg, the man responsible for compiling the book.

You can also access the list itself, which consists of 144 pages and 2,813 names. Virginia and Leonard are on Page 277.

Pattern design is central to the art of Bloomsbury. And as a new pair of interns starts their tenure at Charleston, the outgoing attic interns share some of the beautiful designs they discovered.

Source: Spots, Dots and Dashes | The Charleston Attic

Eleanor Crook is creating a life-sized Virginia Woolf that will be presented, fully dressed, inside a room of her own — a wooden wardrobe.

The finished wax work Woolf will be placed in the foyer of the newly refurbished Virginia Woolf building at 22 Kingsway at King’s College, London.

by Lady Ottoline Morrell, vintage snapshot print, June 1923

by Lady Ottoline Morrell, vintage snapshot print, June 1923

Crook, a sculptor and medical artist, will dress her creation in clothing modeled after the dress, shawl and hat Woolf wore in a 1923 photograph taken by Lady Ottoline Morell. It pictures Woolf sitting side by side on a garden bench with Lytton Strachey. She is smoking.

According to Crook’s website, she was asked by the historian Dr. Ruth Richardson and by King’s College London to make the wax version of Woolf.

You can view her progress on the sculpture by viewing photos Crook has included on her website. She expects the work to be finished in October.

Woolf was a student at the former King’s Ladies’ Department where she took classes in Greek, Latin, history and German between 1897 and 1902.




In February 1910 Duncan Grant was invited by Maynard Keynes to join him on a visit to Greece and Asia Minor. While their physical relationship was over by this time, as detailed in an earlier blog post here, the couple remained close friends and continued to travel abroad together, their trips often funded by Keynes.

Source: Apollo in his Temple | The Charleston Attic

When new fiction disappoints me, as it often does, I go back to old favorites. My summer reading has consisted of rereading a few books I’ve threatened to give a second or third go. A couple of them surprised me with mentions of Virginia Woolf that I’d forgotten.

I started with Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, which I wrote about here with great Rules of Civilityenthusiasm a few years ago. It’s still one of my all-time favorite contemporary novels, and I appreciated, once again, his references to Woolf as a contemporary icon for his 1930s characters.

Mary Wesley is one of those late-blooming authors I return to for “it’s never too late” inspiration. Her first novel was published in 1983 when she was 70, and she followed with nine more over the next 14 years; two were adapted for BBC television movies. They’re witty and wise, sometimes just plain silly—perfect summer reading.

I started with her first novel, my favorite, Jumping the Queue, in which Matilda, tired of life, and Hugh, a hunted “Matricide,” are planning separate suicides in Devon waters when they accidentally meet. If you thought Gone Girl was special with its Woolf jumping the queuesuicide reference, Mary Wesley was there first.

Hugh: “I was going to fill my pockets with stones and go into the river like Virginia Woolf.”

Matilda: “I’d forgotten about Virginia Woolf and the stones. I must remember.”

I saw the film “Learning to Drive,” thrilled to see a personal essay adapted to film, even if it bore only slight resemblance to its source. I decided to reread Katha Pollitt’s real story, the title piece in her excellent 2007 collection, and the rest of the essays in it too. In “Memoir of a Shy Pornographer” (the lengths writers will go to in order to make a living from words!) she’s just out of college and takes a job as a freelance copy editor and proofreader of porn novels. She talks about the tedium of reading drawn-out sex scenes:

The Beeline writers had hit upon the very techniques pioneered by the giants of high modernism: stream of consciousness, internal monologue, indirect discourse, dream sequences, disruptions of time, and far too many adjectives. Sometimes, when I saw a single sentence throbbing and thrusting down a whole page and maybe the next one too, I would cheat a bit and just kind of sweep over it with my eyes. I did the same thing with The Sound and the Fury and The Waves.

 And so it goes….


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