Well, Woolf lovers, just in time for Father’s Day comes Fathers: A Literary Anthology, a collection of poems and essays that explore the idea of fatherhood. Included in the volume are two essays by Virginia, “Leslie Stephen” and “Edmund Gosse.”
Other authors included are Alice Munro, Franz Kafka, E.E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas and E.B. White.
From author Andre Gerard’s introduction:
As Telemachus learns [in The Odyssey], “It’s a wise child who knows its own father,” and it’s a rare child indeed who hasn’t been troubled by trying to make sense of its father, in the flesh or in the spirit. We don’t, it would seem, have to be Hamlets to be troubled by the ghosts of our fathers, living or dead. With the possible exception of mother, father is the most burdened word in our language, containing within it a bewildering profusion of emotions, experiences, understandings, and misunderstandings.