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Hesperus Press will publish two Woolf titles on Oct. 28, On Fiction, a collection of her essays, and Brief Lives: Virginia Woolf by E. H. Wright.

On Fiction is billed as a unique collection of lesser known essays on reading and story telling. Included are essays articulating Woolf’s views on Jane Austen, the Brontës and George Eliot.

According to the publisher, Wright’s new biography “sheds light on the life and writing of one of the foundational authors of twentieth-century British and European fiction and explodes some of the commonly held myths.” Hesperus says Wright scoured Bloomsbury Group letters, Woolf’s diaries and papers to “illuminate Woolf’s mind.

Hesperus is also the publisher of A Boy at the Hogarth Press by Richard Kennedy, a book I have at the top of my to-read pile. It’s right under To the River by Olivia Lang.

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Lots of Woolf sightings here, including links to stories about Woolf’s influence on contemporary literature, photography, music and poetry — namely Mary Jo Bang’s series of six poems in The Bride of E inspired by Mrs. Dalloway. In other news, Woolf’s “Street Haunting” has been translated into Persian. For that, see #34.

  1. The 21st Century Brain, Big Think
    asked Virginia Woolf. The revolution in functional imaging has brought us closer than ever to answering this question. We now have the power to map the brain, peering into the human mind to decode words from silent thoughts.
  2. Novels of powerful silence, Times of India
    Anything by Virginia Woolf, but especially Mrs. Dalloway, most by Ian McEwan but Atonement in particular and only Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen affirm the English are masters at moral ambiguity, and relationships as class warfare.
  3. Edna, the chameleon of a wild Irish fantasy, Irish Independent
    and Lord Byron in 2009; as well as quite a few plays, including one about Virginia Woolf which was regarded as almost seminal in re-assessing that writer’s character if not her literary reputation; and several high-punching film scripts.
  4. Visitors’ book records author’s holidays, Cornish Guardian
    The book from Godrevy Lighthouse, in St Ives Bay, is signed by Virginia Stephen who, as Virginia Woolf, wrote one of the masterpieces of 20th century English Literature, To the Lighthouse. Although To the Lighthouse is set in the Hebrides,
  5. GOP Candidates Spar Over Right to Watch World Series, Gather.com
    Virginia Woolf: “Can I at least watch A&E during the beer commercials?” “The right of a woman to watch ballet on Bravo, while not explicity protected by the Bill of Rights, may be found within the subtext of most Virginia Woolf novels,” Pelosi told
  6. Cloquet author writes a novel unlike any other, Pine Journal
    When asked to describe his book, Cain said most of his sentences “could have been written by [Honoré de] Balzac” and likens it to early short stories by Dylan Thomas or Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves.”
  7. Some Culture, Please, Fox Business
    On the day I purchased the pile of books for the class, I was daunted yet excited – Virginia Woolf, Annie Ernaux, Jamaica Kincaid and Natalia Ginzburg, among others. I am learning much from these women, but I think far more important is what I am
  8. ECLS Series Brings in Poetry with a Bang, The Occidental Weekly
    For instance, she took Virginia Woolf’s classic novel “Mrs. Dalloway” and condensed the 300 pages into a series of six poems. Bang said she finds this form interesting because it stimulates creativity and forms something new without the author having
  9. Mohd Hanif on ‘Alice Bhatti’, Pakistan and more, IBNLive.com
    Punjabi classical poets, Virginia Woolf, Hanif Kureishi, Truman Capote, City pages of local news papers, day time TV. Mohammed Hanif: is always at war with that other Hanif who hates writing. Mohammed Hanif: Love, I hope.
  10. Florence Welch ‘obsessed with drowning’, Sky News Australia
    One of the tracks on the album, ‘What the Water Gave Me’ re-tells the story of writer Virginia Woolf’s suicide in 1941, by weighing her pockets with stones and walking into a river. Explaining the song, Florence added to NME magazine: ‘It’s so powerful
  11. Florence And The Machine Reveal Next Single: Exclusive, MTV.com
    To wit, the first two songs released from the album — “What the Water Gave Me” and “Shake It Off” — take their inspiration from the paintings of Frida Kahlo, the death of writer Virginia Woolf and a rather blistering hangover, to name just a few.
  12. Florence + the Machine Announce ‘No Light, No Light’ as Their Next Single, PopCrush
    The tune follows the release of ‘What the Water Gave Me’ and the official lead track from the album, ‘Shake It Off.’ Welch says she was inspired by everything from the death of Virginia Woolf to the effects of a hangover. “Literally, a song can be
  13. Florence Welch `obsessed with drowning` when writing new album, Monsters and Critics.com
    She added that the track, What the Water Gave Me, is about Virginia Woolf’s suicide, when she walked into a river with stones in her pockets. She said: ‘It’s so powerful, that thing of weighing yourself down with stones. It’s idyllic in one way and
  14. A pie and a pint in old London, Northern Advocate
    In nearby Bloomsbury, the Bloomsbury Set – headed by writer Virginia Woolf, a friend of New Zealand’s Katherine Mansfield – was regarded as snobbishly intellectual. We walk narrow streets and passages reminiscent of scenes from The Bill or Minder – and
  15. New Jersey High School Teacher Posts Anti-Gay Entry on Facebook, New York Times
    It included photos of Virginia Woolf, Harvey Milk and Neil Patrick Harris. When a friend asked if the school had really put it up, Ms. Knox wrote that it had, and “I’m pitching a fit!” In subsequent posts, Ms. Knox, who teaches special education
  16. Teacher under investigation for criticizing homosexuality on Facebook page, Lifesite
    According to the Star-Ledger, Knox posted the display, which included photographs of homosexual icons Virginia Woolf, Harvey Milk, and Neil Patrick Harris, and commented, “I’m pitching a fit!” Knox, who is the faculty advisor to the high school’s
  17. In and Around the British Museum, CheapOair (blog)
    The British Museum is located in the Central London area of Bloomsbury where Karl Marx invented some of his most his revolutionary concepts, where Virginia Woolf wrote her novels, and where Charles Darwin came up with his theory of natural selection.
  18. REVIEW: The Thing Spells Out Every Little Thing Yet Tells Us Nothing, Movieline
    Today’s sci-fi leaves so little to the imagination, and The Thing comes and goes without making any kind of impression — it begins vaporizing as soon as the credits start rolling. Virginia Woolf said, “Nothing is simply one thing.
  19. Don’t blot out pioneering nature writer’s legacy, The Guardian (blog)
    Passages anticipate Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness technique, while others are likely to have influenced the modernist pantheism of DH Lawrence, who proclaimed himself “very fond” of Richard Jefferies”. The area outside Coate Water,
  20. James B. Jordan and the Glory of Kings, First Things (blog)
    In a series of close readings of only a few pages of twenty classic texts from Homer through the New Testament and the Song of Roland all the way to Virginia Woolf, Auerbach sets himself against Hegel and the Triumph of the Concept, which he saw as the
  21. From fascinators to fascinating photos, Gallery Night delights, Capital Times
    Each of the performers took as inspiration a short story by Virginia Woolf called “Haunted House,” in which a ghostly couple wander a house and garden. “Here we left it” is a line from the story; the house in question is a 1920s home at 2130 E.
  22. Nihilism meets Jane Austen, The Australian
    VIRGINIA Woolf once reviewed a staid old book called Modes and Manners of the Nineteenth Century, in which she respectfully damned the efforts of historians to capture the past. Scholars of history, she argued, describe all manner of external phenomena
  23. Laureate praises winning writers, Cambridge News
    The competition was part of Cambridgeshire’s To The Lighthouse festival, which has celebrated Virginia Woolf’s influence on readers and writers. Her book, A Room of One’s Own, inspired the latest challenge. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was on hand to
  24. Gertrude Stein celebrated at two Washington DC museums, BBC News
    Her experiments with language are often difficult to read, drawing comparisons with Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, but her radical rethinking of sentence construction and repetitive, rhythmic style have given literature some memorable quotations.
  25. In Their Own Words: British Novelists – Among the Ruins, Saturday, October 15, Sydney Morning Herald
    Tonight’s episode examines writers of the inter-war period, among them HK Wells, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, Barbara Cartland and PG Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Bowden, George Orwell and Graham Greene. It relies on a limited archive
  26. The 50 Best Quotes About Love, EcoSalon
    Virginia Woolf My heart has more rooms in it than a whore house. – Gabriel García Márquez It was a hubba, hubba, ding dang, baby you are just everythang. – Tom Waits A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become
  27. Requiem Lass, New York Times (blog)
    Death singing In her excursions to grave sites and house museums, Smith photographed, from left: Virginia Woolf’sbed;

    A screen shot of Patti Smith's photo of Virginia Woolf's bed

    Susan Sontag’s grave in Montparnasse Cemetery. So I hope it won’t spoil anything to describe the song she and some of her band were

  28. Camera Solo: See Patti Smith’s Photos of Rimbaud’s Spoon, Mapplethorpe’s , ARTINFO
    Many of the subjects of the photos in the show are literary: Virginia Woolf’s bed, the poet John Keats’s bed. At the end of Woolf’s life, her husband built her a separate room, almost like a shed, attached to the house — very humble, with a single bed
  29. `Patti Smith: Camera Solo’ At Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Courant
    Among these portraits seen in the show are Virginia Woolf’s bed and cane, Rudolf Nureyev’s slippers, Robert Graves’ hat, John Keats’ and Victor Hugo’s bed, Smith’s father’s cup, Herman Hesse’s typewriter, Robert Bolaño’s chair, several things owned by
  30. Precious Gems Publishing: Bringing Fiction into the 21st Century!, Staugnews
    Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen…there simply isn’t enough paper to list them all. We, as a culture, are extremely lucky to have been given these unbelievably fantastic authors who have saved lives, changed minds, and helped readers from
  31. At L.A. Conservancy tour house, ‘period’ comes with surprises, Los Angeles Times
    Over the mantel hangs a portrait of Virginia Woolf by California-born artist Anne Hoenig, and on the mantel sits a large bowl, collected on one of the couple’s trips to Oaxaca, Mexico. On another wall is a 1962 George Barris photograph of Marilyn
  32. Is the Booker Prize really being dumbed down?, Telegraph.co.uk
    They like some books and dislike others, just as the person whom Virginia Woolf called “the Common Reader” does. There is sometimes, admittedly, an opposition between literary merit and readability, or easy accessibility.
  33. A Woman Of Photos And Firsts, Ruth Gruber At 100, NPR (blog)
    In her doctoral dissertation on Virginia Woolf, the 20-year-old Gruber wrote that her subject “is determined to write as a woman. Through the eyes of her sex, she seeks to penetrate life and describe it.” The same could be said of the woman who wrote
  34. Woolf’s Street Haunting comes in Persian, Iran Book News Agency
    Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting” is converted into Persian by Khojasteh Keyhan and published as a single volume. IBNA: “Street Haunting: A London Adventure” is a semi-fictional essay of Virginia Woolf relating her wandering in London streets in
  35. Poet Laureate hands out top prizes in Cambridge, Cambridge First
    The Lighthouse Writing Challenge was open to young people in Cambridgeshire aged from 14 to 18 and celebrates author Virginia Woolf’s influence on both readers and writers. The youngsters were asked to submit 500 words about a place they like to go
  36. Books in English, The Slovak Spectator
    Virginia Woolf. Oxford World’s Classics, reissued in 2008. In these two essays, the renowned writer develops an innovative and politically-challenging analysis of the causes and effects of women’s exclusion from British cultural, political and economic
  37. Tall tales packaged in short stories, Toronto.com
    In her recurring focus on the nature of time, in her characters’ sense of themselves as essentially fragmented, Skibsrud’s most obvious influence here is Virginia Woolf. “It had long seemed to Ginny that things happen not at any particular or
  38. Guildford Diary: Famous friends, Spectator.co.uk (blog)
    ‘When I started to research people for Tennyson’s Gift I kept coming across references to Virginia Woolf’s Freshwater and I thought, oh I won’t let that bother me, and then I discovered that it was a play she’d written for home entertainment in the
  39. X Factor Week 9 Review: You Can’t Hurry Love-Themed 2 Hour X Factor Programmes, hecklerspray
    But as Virginia Woolf once said, “When Frankie Cocozza had those girl’s names cauterized into his sigmoid colon, he was probably just a bit tipsy.” The theme for this week was of course LOVE AND HARMONY. So, in celebration of that, we’re going to get
  40. Theater season to include new spin on classics, Brandeis University
    A Shakespeare comedy featuring original music performed by the actors; an original page-to-stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s short stories; a classic comedy of manners; and a boundary-stretching new work for dancers and sculpture: Expect a wide
  41. Ignore the Booker brouhaha. Readability is no test for literature, The Guardian
    Virginia Woolf’s The Waves is a very slow read. Schools teach language-friendly versions of Shakespeare. Ali Smith’s There But For The is a wonderful, word-playful novel, ignored by the judges this year because it doesn’t fit their idea of “readable”. ..
  42. University Challenge: Worcester Sauce Too Spicy For St Andrews, The Spoof (satire)
    Though even in our house we also knew the one with the beard wasn’t Virginia Woolf – so we felt pretty literary. We also know the answer was Gauguin, though we can’t remember the question – and that made us feel cleverer still!
  43. In praise of… short novels, The Guardian
    Indeed, Heart of Darkness, The Great Gatsby, L’Etranger….though everything by Virginia Woolf should have been much, much shorter….. The 1000-page blockbuster or the door-stopping biography work better as ebooks than in printed form.
  44. YouTube Hall of Fame: Movie Scenes We’d Like to Sue For, Grantland (blog)
    However, I also didn’t know I was going to see the most stultifying rock star of the last 25 years hoover a coconut with his sphincter while a grass-skirted, smack-talking Virginia Woolf crashes into him. There are five dominant ’90s personalities in
  45. Rhodes Scholars Elect for 2012, Scoop.co.nz (press release)
    Andrew is particularly interested in the writings of authors Janet Frame, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath. Andrew’s other activities include an abiding interest in cricket, both as a player and as a coach, and being a Programme Coordinator for the
  46. Thompson to bring her quirky side to AFF, Austin 360
    The woman who grew up adoring Virginia Woolf and who studied English and ancient Greek at Amherst College initially harbored ambitions of being a novelist, but her romantic notion of the book world died after the publication of her 1983 gothic novel
  47. Swimming Home, By Deborah Levy, The Independent
    And it is this recurring theme of past-in-present that Levy writes about so skilfully. She is also strong on suspense, leading the reader to a hugely surprising end. Swimming Home reminded me of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. Although a short work,
  48. A man for all seasons, The Friday Times
    Not such an easy thing to do since that means facing what Virginia Woolf called “the supreme difficulty of being oneself.” What does Montaigne find, then, in this process of self-reflection? Certainly not the indubitable self of a Descartes but,
  49. Our literary disgrace, Mail & Guardian Online
    Do we not become again, at best, Third World curiosities in the context of the much larger, more illustrious holdings of the likes of Yeats, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway, for example? Or, at worst, do we not disappear completely?
  50. Searching for peace in ‘Ghosts With No Maps’, Al-Masry Al-Youm
    In “The Casual Car Pool” (2005), American author Katherine Bell uses the stream of consciousness style, which Virginia Woolf was famous for, to depict a full view of the lives of her characters. Four unrelated people meet by mere chance;
  51. Outdated curriculum readjusted, Lamron
    Along the way, this person will likely read literature from the American and British canons (Herman Melville and Virginia Woolf), as well as “non-traditional” literature (Jamaica Kincaid and Maxine Kingston), and even some Shakespeare plays (“Twelfth

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Two digital resources on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group were recently made available online.

For links to more Woolf and Bloomsbury resources, check the right sidebar and the Books page.

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Anyone who attended Woolf and the City had the opportunity to meet Ruth Gruber, the amazing journalist and photographer who met Virginia and Leonard Woolf back in the 1930s. Gruber was also ahead of her time when she wrote Virginia Woolf: The Will to Create as a Woman. Scroll down to #22 to read about her milestone 100th birthday.

Ruth Gruber at Woolf and the City in 2009 wearing the commemorative conference t-shirt

  1. After the side suits, think about trumps, Post-Tribune
    Virginia Woolf
    , an English writer who is regarded as a leading modernist literary figure of the last century, said, “On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.” At the center of many bridge agonies sits an unobservant player
  2. Secretly Seeking Solitude: A Woman’s Need for Time Alone, Huffington Post (blog)
    As Dr. Phil says, “Ya gotta name it to claim it,” and Virginia Woolf most certainly did. Her speeches that turned into the seminal and necessary essay A Room of One’s Own codified a woman’s need for time to herself. She brought the idea to the surface
  3. Thou shall not kill … except in this case, easttennessean.com (subscription)
    Virginia Woolf has a way with words. Over 70 years after her death, there remains an intense relevance in her work. One of Woolf’s best essays, entitled “Professions for Women,” references the heroine of a rather sexist narrative poem, The Angel in the
  4. The Truth Behind Tim Hudak’s Homophobic Flyers, DigitalJournal.com (press release)
    The page cited in the PC flyer is a list of “Significant International” gay and lesbian individuals, including Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Virginia Woolf and Harvey Milk. PC Claim: “Reclaim Valentine’s Day and celebrate sexual diversity [with a]
  5. Something brewing beneath transphobic ads in Ontario, rabble.ca (blog)
    As for cross-dressing, the… page cited in the PC flyer is a list of ‘Significant International’ gay and lesbian individuals, including Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Virginia Woolf and Harvey Milk.” The flyer (like McVety’s ad) is a litany of
  6. The Genius of Free Governments, Huffington Post (blog)
    distributors that listed early films of Fellini and Hitchcock have had to delete them from their catalogs; bookstores that offered cheap editions of Joseph Conrad, George Orwell, HG Wells, and Virginia Woolf have pulled them from the shelves.
  7. The Sharpest Beach Bums You’ll Ever Meet, Brooklyn Rail
    It’s not that Wark’s lack of a compelling narrative structure makes slogging through the book an occasionally arduous experience; writers like Virginia Woolf can dispense of narrative completely and still craft engrossing literature.
  8. PadGadget Weekly App Series – Apps for Outdoors Experience, PadGadget
    This app includes such tales as “A Haunted House” by Virginia Woolf, “The Door in the Wall” by HG Wells and “The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allen Poe. This app really offers a great collection of short stories that will keep everyone entertained on
  9. Johanna Skibsrud: The writer, the prize, the year after, Globe and Mail
    Skibsrud names Virginia Woolf’s most challenging novel, The Waves, as a major source of inspiration for her own work, which likewise demands concentration from readers. “A lot of times people don’t want to pay that attention,” she said. “I don’t know.
  10. The Future of Feminism by Sylvia Walby, Bookslut
    The Future of Feminism will not win any prose awards, and it does seem time for a reminder that Virginia Woolf penned analytic and polemic texts that were all the stronger for their style. Nonetheless, Walby avoids the opacity of most academic prose,
  11. The hipster rules, OK?, Times LIVE
    They claim to like writers with loaded names such as Virginia Woolf, Voltaire and Chomsky. They drink beer, are coffee connoisseurs, smoke Lucky Strike or Camel, don’t use deodorant, listen to bands that nobody has ever heard of.
  12. Literature and food join forces at İstanbul’s 3rd Tanpınar fest, Today’s Zaman
    British author and self-confessed childhood bookworm Mark Crick’s witty work “Kafka’s Soup, A History of World Literature,” delivers 14 recipes in the writing styles of famous writers from Virginia Woolf to Jane Austen. Germany’s Jasmin Ramadan also
  13. Kidman, Watts to record bedtime stories, Sydney Morning Herald
    Kidman will read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse while Watts will read Summer by Edith Wharton. Kidman won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in The Hours. Hollywood stars Samuel L Jackson, Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway, Colin Firth, Meg Ryan,
  14. Kate Winslet And Other Stars Lend Their Voices to Audible Books, Shockya.com
    The company has enlisted the help of some well-known voices to record such novels as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Being There from novelist Jerzey Kosinski, and To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Per The Hollywood Reporter,
  15. Audiobooks with star appeal, xmediaonline – Exeposé
    Virginia Woolf’s famous Twentieth Century novels are amongst those being recorded. Kidman, who portrayed Woolf in the Oscar winning film The Hours, will be reading the 1927 novel To the Lighthouse while Annette Bening is recording Mrs Dalloway which
  16. Celebrities lend voices to bedtime stories, Silentnight Beds
    Nicole Kidman will be responsible for reading Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, as Naomi Watts records Summer by Edith Wharton. It recently emerged that the Jurys Inn chain of hotels was launching an e-book reader loan service for the convenience of
  17. Hollywood stars give voice to their favourite novels in audiobook boom, The Guardian
    STARRING ROLES Some of the Hollywood actors confirmed to take part in the series: Annette Bening Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Jennifer Connelly The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles Colin Firth The End of the Affair by Graham Greene Samuel L Jackson A
  18. Guest opinion, Aspen Times
    We examined a variety of social issues raised by the voices of Virginia Woolf, Rachel Carson and Martin Luther King. We honestly conversed about our own journeys as we opened up the writings of contemporary authors Ian McEwan, Joyce Carol Oates and
  19. In Supreme Court Argument, a Rock Legend Plays a Role, New York Times
    The affected works included films by Alfred Hitchcock and Federico Fellini, books by CS Lewis and Virginia Woolf, symphonies by Prokofiev and Stravinsky and paintings by Picasso. Jimi Hendrix joins a growing list of artists cited by the court. ..
  20. US defends copyright law for famous foreign works, Jerusalem Post
    adopted by Congress to comply with an international treaty, that restored copyright protection to foreign works, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, paintings by Picasso, symphonies by Stravinsky and books by CS Lewis and Virginia Woolf.
  21. The symphony and the novel – a harmonious couple?, The Guardian
    Certainly, western literature had its own sustained modernist moment, but while Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and others may have responded with fidelity to the death of the old gods by fashioning a prose fiction that dealt with the phenomenon of
  22. The Human Spirit: Ruth Gruber turns 100, Jerusalem Post
    Her thesis was about the feminism of a then little-known British writer: Virginia Woolf. In Germany, she loved das Land der Dichter und Denker, the land of poets and thinkers, but abhorred the dark side. An inborn reporter, she attended a Hitler rally
  23. Manifestations of modernity the new era and transitional societies, NL-Aid
    Seminal Bloomsbury-member Virginia Woolf expressed the hope at the beginning of the Twentieth century that ‘[a] political and social movement that give hope (……)’ would emerge. Indeed said epistemic community materialized, fostering and nurturing
  24. Send Men The Bill — They Made The Mess, Hartford Courant
    Virginia Woolf once wrote, “As a woman, I have no country … as a woman, my country is the whole world.” Unlike Woolf, I do have a country. One of which I am very proud. One that I now feel represents me and treats me like a citizen, something I think
  25. How to stay married, Macleans.ca
    In 1929, Virginia Woolf famously wrote of the need for women to have “money and a room of one’s own” to create art. In 1954, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh, wrote Gift From the Sea on a summer retreat from her husband and children,
  26. Op-ed: Chapter 11: Borders may be bankrupt, but your bookshelf need not suffer , The Maine Campus
    At least now overworked college students and middle-aged divorcees dying to read Virginia Woolf will be forced to visit their local used bookstores. Used bookstores are romantic, fun and most of all, cheap. Really, Borders closing their doors is just a
  27. Virginia Woolf, Financial Times
    In part because of its brevity, Alexandra Harris’s study of Virginia Woolf brings home how late in life she wrote her well-known works. In rapidly scanning the years, Harris emphasises how many were lost to self-doubt and illness, but also how only
  28. Tip Sheet for the Week of October 10, 2011: For Pleasure, Publishers Weekly
    In 1928, Virginia Woolf announced her intentions in her journal to take a “writer’s holiday,” a break from the heavy business of midwifing modernism to write something swift and light and pleasurable. Of course, “swift, light,
  29. Film: To the Lighthouse, Varsity Online
    by India Ross Despite the hewing of the film industry with this blunt axe of a contention, in the case of her modernist masterpiece, To the Lighthouse, and its lame 1983 made-for-TV adaptation, Virginia Woolf was right on the money.
  30. Go Go Gogi, Tehelka
    If you set up a parody of Virginia Woolf’s reportedly fraught relationship with her cook, this scene would be it. Gogi has no interest in cooking. She wasn’t brought up to think that she had to fake a love for domesticity in the way Woolf was.
  31. Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade , The Guardian
    Sir Leslie Stephen, for example, the impeccably intellectual editor of the Dictionary of National Biography and father of Virginia Woolf, was an early president of the Alpine Club and wrote Peaks, Passes and Glaciers alongside The Science of Ethics.
  32. Alison Bechdel, A.V. Club Chicago
    There’s also some Virginia Woolf and some other literary stuff, but mostly the quotations in this book are about psychoanalysis. AVC: Your childhood journals played a huge role in Fun Home. Are they also a big part of Are You My Mother?
  33. Review by Rudy Oldeschulte, Metapsychology
    Virginia Woolf Examining oneself through other individual’s life stories, that is, through biography or memoir, or through conversations that one is engaged in during the day or evening – and re-examining those glimpses of our experience in our quiet
  34. Court Theatre Presents Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson’s An Iliad 11/10-12/11, Broadway World
    Lisa Peterson (Co-Playwright) directed The Model Apartment by Donald Margulies, Slavs! by Tony Kushner, Traps and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill (Obie Award for Direction), The Waves adapted from Virginia Woolf (two Drama Desk ..
  35. Police and Poetry, The Atlantic
    “So life is simply from minute to minute of horror,” he wrote to Virginia Woolf. For the most part, he gave up trying to write poetry. “It is no use squeezing a dry sponge and it is no use trying to work a tired and distracted mind,” he wrote Gilbert
  36. BP Learned Mission, Antiques and the Arts Online
    general fiction (some signed), biography (some signed), works in Hebrew, fiction by Twain, Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, HG Wells, Sherwood Anderson, and others, travel and adventure, poetry (some signed), limited editions, and children’s literature.
  37. Everywhere Man, The Atlantic
    is said by the editor and translator of the volume, Laird M. Easton, to be one of the greatest ever written, “comparable in its stature to those of Samuel Pepys, André Gide, Henri Frédéric Amiel, Beatrice Webb, or Virginia Woolf.
  38. ANONYMOUS Character Card #2- Vanessa Redgrave/ Joley Richardson as Queen Elizabeth, Broadway World
    Marleen Gorris’ Mrs. Dalloway (adapted from the Virginia Woolf novel by Eileen Atkins); her son Carlo Nero’s “The Fever” for HBO Films; Roger Michell’s Venus; Lajos Koltai’s Evening; and, in 2008, Atonement, an Oscar® nominee for Best Picture.
  39. Let There Be Light: The TFT Review of The Luminist by David Rocklin, The Faster Times (blog)
    One these innovators, Julia Margaret Cameron, spent her life developing techniques for taking soft-focus portraits, and her surviving prints include an image of her niece, Julia Prinsep Jackson, mother of Virginia Woolf. But that isn’t Julia Margaret
  40. Review: Evanesence runs gloom into the ground on new album, Reuters
    Maybe Lee is suffering through one of the most tumultuous marriages this side of “Virginia Woolf,” or perhaps she’s still drawing emotional fuel from her feud with the disgruntled former band members who reassembled as We Are the Fallen.
  41. Read the reviews: “Always, Patsy Cline,” “Sugar,” “The Laramie Project” and , Naples Daily News (blog)
    And we do it all again in sixteen days – “Later Life,” “Virginia Woolf,” “Handle With Care” and “Rumors.” There’s been a lot of debate over the reviews. That’s good. You (actors, directors, the general public) are always free to contact me.
  42. And Now Some New Music From the Ladies: Feist, Bjork and More, Autostraddle
    The first single release “What the Water Gave Me” references a Frida Kahlo painting, Virginia Woolf and Greek mythology and with that adorable goofy dancing in the video, WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW! Second single “Shake It Out” is stunning,
  43. Readers’ tips: literary locations, Travel Agent
    Bedbury Lane, Freshwater Bay, 01983 752500, farringford.co.uk Esmeballard Godrevy Lighthouse, St Ives Though Virginia Woolf set her 1927 novel To the Lighthouse in the Hebrides, it was inspired by childhood holidays at St Ives in Cornwall – pure white
  44. The Old Wives’ Tale (Modern Library #87), Reluctant Habits
    In 1923, Virginia Woolf got nasty with an essay entitled “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown”: “he is trying to hypnotize us into the belief that, because he has made a house, there must be a person living there.” And many seemed to believe her.
  45. About That “Last Chance” Written in the Sky Last Night, Bowery Boogie (blog)
    “When, in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, a crowd gathers to piece together skywriting, the spectacle unites disparate groups, as they cluster together to find meaning in the urban landscape. I am looking for folks to become a part of it by taking
  46. Women’s emancipation started with 1911, China Daily
    By Li Yinhe (China Daily) In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf, known for her biting criticism of gender discrimination, describes how a woman like her was denied entry into a university library without the supervision of a man.
  47. Depp To Produce Biopic Of Dr. Seuss, Lez Get Real
    Very few writers lead lives interesting enough to warrant a biographical feature film, unless they suffer from bouts of depression and kill themselves like Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, or harbor unnatural thoughts about small children like Charles
  48. The great disconnect of social media, The Coloradoan
    I packed up some things I didn’t really need like a curling iron and some Virginia Woolf books and I left some things I really did need like my friends and family. Instead of calling every day or week, I contented myself with learning about their lives
  49. Claire Black: ‘Virginia Woolf and Zadie Smith got it right when they said the , Scotsman
    Virginia Woolf (and Zadie Smith for that matter), got it right when they said the novel is for “grown-ups”. It really is. Back in 1992, I wouldn’t have understood Dorothea Brooke’s transformation through experience because, frankly, I didn’t have very
  50. Green; it’s not breezy, Bay View Compass
    Takal’s Genevieve is very much like a heroine of a Virginia Woolf story. She’s fragile, neurotic, and her fine intelligence fails to protect her from her perverse imagination. In an interview with Amarelle Wenkert, Takal said she wrote Green “literally
  51. The Stranger’s Child by Allan Hollinghurst, Toronto Star
    The novel is rich in allusions to works as diverse as Brideshead Revisited, EM Forster’s The Longest Road, and To the Lighthouse (Cecil is loosely based on Bloomsbury Group member and friend of Virginia Woolf’s Rupert Brooke), as well as more
  52. Why IKEA’s ‘Manland’ is Swedish for emasculated baby-men, Globe and Mail
    In the essay A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf wrote of the necessity of privacy and money for a truly fulfilling creative life – each tough to come by for women of her time. She described walking past a library at Oxford in contemplation: “I thought

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Description of two courses focusing on peace and war taught by Sally Ruddick

A memorial gathering of Sally Ruddick’s friends, admirers, and family will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. in the Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South in Greenwich Village.

Ruddick, who died March 20 at her home in Manhattan at the age of 76, was the author of “Private Brother, Public World” in Jane Marcus’s New Feminist Essays on Virginia Woolf and drew extensively on Woolf in her landmark book Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace (1989).

Ruddick was a professor of philosophy and women’s studies for nearly 40 years at the New School for Social Research.

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The International Virginia Woolf Society is issuing a call for proposals for the Virginia Woolf panel at the 2013 Modern Language Association Conference in Boston Jan. 3-6.

The proposal garnering the most votes from the IVWS will be part of the 2013 MLA conference program. The runner-up will be submitted by the IVWS to the MLA as a second panel, which MLA may or may not approve. IVWS voting on the proposals will be completed in November, so as to meet MLA deadlines. A call will then go out to the society for papers to be submitted for the panels.

A panel proposal should include:

  1.  A 35 word description (word count includes title)
  2. The name(s) and contact information of the proposed organizer(s).

Submit to Georgia Johnston by email at IVWSociety@gmail.com or U.S. mail at Georgia Johnston, Department of English, Adorjan 127
Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63108.

Electronic submission is strongly preferred. Email submissions should have Woolf MLA 2013 in the subject line.

Deadline:  Monday, Oct.31, 2011, for the receipt of panel proposals.

To propose your own special session outside of the IVWS process, please visit the MLA website.

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In some ways, Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway is about voices. Voices from the past. Voices from the present. Voices of the novel’s main characters. Voices of those passing by. Voices of war and voices of peace. Sometimes the voices seem to drift. Sometimes they overlap. Sometimes they warm you. Sometimes they stop you cold.

So it is fitting that the stage adaptation of Septimus and Clarissa, running through Saturday at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City, is the product of many voices as well.

The play’s the thing

I was in the front row at last Saturday’s show. And like others who have reviewed the play written by Ellen Mclaughlin, I found myself overwhelmed by the power of Woolf’s words, the way they transformed the stage, and the way the stage adaptation made them ever more luminous and lyrical.

The starkly simple set features a mottled blue floor and wall with the words “Fear no more.”

Like many readers of Woolf, I have read her 1925 stream of consciousness novel multiple times and have written about it as well. So I wouldn’t have thought that a staged adaptation of the novel could keep me spellbound, could make me wonder what might happen next, could bowl me over with its emotional power. But that’s exactly what this production did.

Others have already done an excellent job of reviewing Septimus and Clarissa, commenting on its superb acting; its excellent blend of music, ambient sound and dialogue; its relevant anti-war message; and the way it captures the spirit and meaning of Woolf’s novel.

So I will do something a bit different here. I will talk about how another group of voices — the many voices of the performers, directors, writer and crew — shaped what appeared on the Baruch stage this fall.

The after-show conversation

I learned a bit about the shaping process at an after-show conversation held on stage Saturday evening. It was headlined by best-selling author and Barnard professor of English Mary Gordon. She settled in on stage with Rachel Dickstein, director; McLaughlin, who wrote the script and played the title character; Tommy Schrider, who played Septimus; and Miriam Silverman, who played both Lucrezia and Elizabeth Dalloway.

Mary Gordon, Rachel Dickstein and Ellen Mclaughlin

The shaping process was a long one that involved multiple workshops, with each workshop adding or subtracting things from the production up until the play’s formal opening in September. And everyone involved played a part that went beyond the one acknowledged in the formal program.

The actors, for example, helped work out the choreographed movements they make while voicing Woolf’s lyrical words in song, choreography that changed as the play progressed.

They also collaborated on the set design. When Dickstein brought a batch of large rectangular frames to the set, thinking they might add something interesting to the production, the actors experimented with them until they worked. And in the final production, three of the frames are moved around on stage, almost like dancing partners, to represent a changing array of doors and windows, with people going out and through and around them.

The idea for the moveable staircase itself, the most prominent element in the set design, came from Dickstein and set designer Susan Zeeman Rogers, but the actors suggested ways of using it, as well as other set pieces and props. Actor Schrider, a Septimus of power and emotional force, did improvisations on another staircase before the large black metal staircase became a part of the final set design. The large black metal staircase is a focal point throughout the play, as it serves as a platform for Mrs. Dalloway as hostess and both a battlefield and suicide site for Septimus.

Miriam Silverman and Tommy Schrider among the rose petals that drift over guests during the party scene

The significance of a house within a house

Also on the simply set, stark stage throughout the play are three white wooden houses about four feet high. They are rolled around the set on wheels to symbolize Clarissa’s country home of Bruton as well as the homes she and other characters see along the streets of London.

But one of the three is special, and here is where director Dickstein gives voice to her child self. She recalled encountering an elaborately detailed furnished dollhouse as a young girl, one that she could never afford. It was a memory and an image that stuck in her mind, and she asked set designer Zeeman Rogers to create a more modest version of such a house — Clarissa’s London house — for the play.

The Clarissa Dalloway dollhouse

The interior of this lit-up house, complete with the novel’s characters as free-standing paper dolls, is revealed during the scene that recreates Clarissa’s party. The symbolism of the dollhouse opening up to reveal its interior to the audience just as Clarissa opens her home to her guests has a certain magical charm with subtle but significant meaning.

Links to some reviews of Septimus and Clarissa

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