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magnifying-glassFor her latest research project, Alice Lowe of San Diego, Calif., is searching for references to Virginia Woolf in contemporary fiction.

While she says she finds them “with surprising frequency” while doing her own reading, she asks common readers and scholars everywhere to contact her directly to share a favorite sighting or a new discovery.

You can e-mail the reference, with the specific citation if possible, to Lowe at  alicelowe88@yahoo.com.

Feel free to share your find with  Blogging Woolf at bloggingwoolf@yahoo.com as well, and we will post it on our Woolf sightings page.

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cafe_royal_entranceA 140-year-old Piccadilly cafe that was once the haunt of Virginia Woolf and other notable individuals is selling off its collection of trinkets and furniture to make way for a new hotel, according to The New Scotsman.
 
Established in 1865, the Café Royal hosted Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and others. It was also frequented by Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor and Muhammad Ali in more recent times.
A hotel will be built at the Regent Street location by Israeli developer the de Alrov Group.

The sale of items will take place Jan. 20, at Bonhams in Knightsbridge.

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kew-gardensDuke University Library has published a small collection of Bloomsbury Group-related materials in Manuscripts and Woodcuts: Visions and Designs from Bloomsbury.

The materials feature a handwritten, manuscript draft of Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey and a collection of woodcut illustrations by Robert Fry, as well as letters and book covers, according to Duke’s Digital Collections Blog.

The effort accompanies a Duke University Libraries exhibit on the Bloomsbury Group entitled “‘How Full of Life Those Days Seemed’: New Approaches to Art, Literature, Sexuality, and Society in Bloomsbury.”

The exhibit is part of a year-long celebration at Duke, Vision and Design: A Year of Bloomsbury. Read more on Blogging Woolf.

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Bloomsbury BallerinaAlison Light has written a charming and lively review of  Bloomsbury Ballerina: Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs. John Maynard Keynes for the London Review of Books.

The biography of the lucky Russian ballerina who swept John Maynard Keynes off his feet and raised the hackles of other Bloomsburies, was written by Judith Mackrell, dance critic for the Guardian.

Lopokova was a protege supported by the tsar at the age of nine and a member of the Ballets Russes when she danced her way to London in 1918 and into Keynes’s heart.

You can read “Lady Talky,” Light’s review, here.

Read more about Mackrell’s biography of Lopokova on Blogging Woolf.

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Joyce Plaque DublinThis bit of news isn’t about Virginia Woolf, but it is interesting nonetheless. According to the Irish Times, documents written by James Joyce and W.B. Yeats were sold for almost €20,000, or $26,694, on Dec. 11.

The documents, which were sold at auction at Bloomsbury in London, included letters written by Joyce and Yeats from the collections of Cecil and Desmond Harmsworth.

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Read more about Joyce and Woolf on Blogging Woolf.

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From Karen Levenback via the VW Listserv, comes this Woolf sighting, a Frank and Ernest comic she found on Dec. 9. You can view it here.

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St. Ives bayPlaces connected to Virginia Woolf are regularly in the news. Check out these two recent articles:

 

  • Green Spaces: Godrevy Point, Cornwall, England
    This is a Dec. 2 Times review of a carefully conserved patch of North Cornish coastline that offers views of Godrevy Island, its lighthouse and St. Ives. The lighthouse is said to be the inspiration for Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. St. Ives is the place where Woolf spent her summers up until the age of 12. Godrevy Point, which is protected by the National Trust, is popular with nature lovers, surfers, climbers and families.

The Cornwall Beach Guide provides more information about visiting the site. And wonderful 360-degree panoramic views of Godrevy Point and St. Ives can be found here.

You can also visit other Woolf places by clicking here.

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