This week we share news of a Woolf sighting at a British Library exhibit, Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands, which is scheduled through Sept. 25. See #s 22 and 23, as well as the Blogging Woolf Events page for reviews and details.
- Poisoned legacy of the Bloomsbury Set: How one woman is haunted by the tragic …, Daily Mail
Angelica, who died on May 4 aged 93, was the niece of writer Virginia Woolf and the illegitimate daughter of painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. They were all part of a collection of writers, painters and intellectuals called the Bloomsbury Set … Read more about Angelica Garnett.
- BWW Reviews: BITCHSLAP! at Macha Theatre Sparks with Davis/Crawford Pairing, Broadway World
This is a fun, fun, fun evening. Don’t expect Long Day’s Journey or Virginia Woolf, but one thing’s for certain: it may be just too, too much entertainment for one’s own good. So, be warned and for reading, a wholehearted … thaaank you!
- Saoirse Ronan Finds Feminism in ‘Testament of Youth’, NextMovie (blog)
“Testament of Youth” launched the young writer into the public eye; even Virginia Woolf was a fan of the book. Brittain’s story was also turned into an award-winning TV mini-series in the ’70s. It’s a great role for the grown-up actress, whose career …
- Vera’s Testament is young again, Telegraph.co.uk
One committed early reader, Virginia Woolf, felt forced to stay up all night in order to finish the book, while the reviewer in the New York Times wrote that: “Of all the personal narratives covering the world war period, there can surely have been …
- Reviewing 120 literary masterpieces, Iran Book News Agency
The book holds works including William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas. “Emergence and transformation of novels” a book by …
- The Forrests: What the papers say, New Zealand Listener
Haynes can’t resist a Virginia Woolf comparison, either. Finally, some listening for you: BBC Radio 4′s arts discussion show Saturday Review. Skip to 10.50 of the audio stream, try not to flinch too much at the Kiwi accent (not Perkins’s) reading an …
- Urbane Studies with the Tenderloin Geographic Society: Hyde & O’Farrell, SFist
Feeling silly that we’d never checked between our books’ legs, but this is not the time or place for Virginia Woolf-style feminism, so maybe it’s best to roll with this one. Good choice, we end up discussing Utopian societies.
- Literary classics are not a trash and treasure mix, Sydney Morning Herald
After all, one of the great advantages of Penguin Modern Classics when it got going in the 1960s was that you could pass from Thomas Mann to Virginia Woolf to Patrick White; you didn’t know if you would like the next work you went on to but you knew …
- ‘Abdication’: A ho-hum novel of Wallis and Edward, USA TODAY
… is surprising because Nicolson is an established writer of histories (The Perfect Summer) and the descendant of Bloomsbury literary icons Nigel Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West (the poet famous for her passionate affair with writer Virginia Woolf).
- Eve — Metro Arts Independents 2012, Aussie Theatre (blog)
I wish I had known Eve Langley’s story as intimately as I know Virginia Woolf’s before I went to see the third instalment of Metro Arts Independents series. The exquisite Margi Brown Ash gifts her audience an introduction with a beautiful and sensitive …
- The A303: Highway to the Sun, By Tom Fort, The Independent
And Virginia Woolf noted in her diary: “The motor car is turning out the joy of our lives. Soon we will look back at our pre-motor days as we do now at our days in the caves.” Stonehenge, satisfyingly, merits a good few pages.
- Ten questions on Jane Austen, The Guardian
Jane Austen’s admirer Virginia Woolf said that “of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness”. It is a brilliant insight. The apparent modesty of Austen’s dramas is only apparent; the minuteness of design is a bravura …
- Movie review: Juliette Binoche fearless, insights not in erotic ‘Elles’, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Ms. Szumowska structures the story somewhat along the lines of Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” as a day in the life of a woman thinking about — and distracted from — her dinner preparations. In fact, the dinner party will end up resembling Edward …
- Triumphant moments of loss, Financial Times
Virginia Woolf notoriously suffered from acute depression and even breakdown after finishing novels. According to the psychiatrist Peter Dally, in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, when she started work on a novel she tended to be excited, …
- ‘Farther Away,’ Essays by Jonathan Franzen, New York Times
There have been exceptions, of course, including Virginia Woolf and DH Lawrence or, in our own day, JM Coetzee and Cynthia Ozick. Most dyed-in-the-wool novelists, however, do not excel at the essay, for good reason: they are wired otherwise.
- ‘This Will Be Difficult to Explain,’ by Johanna Skibsrud, New York Times
In “Cleats,” Virginia Woolf-like ruminations on domesticity meet a Roald Dahlian concern with the uncanny. A suburban mother receives a pair of garden cleats for her 52nd birthday, then walks into her yard, where she gets stuck in the mud.
- Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?, New Yorker (blog)
There is not a single reference in Gottschall’s book to such students of the mechanics of storytelling as William Empson, Samuel Johnson, Lionel Trilling, Virginia Woolf, Edmund Wilson, or Randall Jarrell, all of whom brooded long and hard upon stories …
- Gwendoline Riley: ‘The buck stops here… I’ve got bad blood’, The Guardian
Her writing has been compared to F Scott Fitzgerald, Carson McCullers, Virginia Woolf and Albert Camus. Riley’s precocity would no doubt be irritating were her talent not so extraordinary. Anne Enright gave Opposed Positions a rave review in the …
- How England Made the English by Harry Mount – review, The Guardian
Still, if more people look around them in England this summer and notice what the kerbstones and window-frames are made of, then that can be no bad thing. • Alexandra Harris’s Virginia Woolf is published by Thames & Hudson.
- Another LGBT History Lesson: The Beginnings, Care2.com (blog)
It was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK — in which EM Forster, Virginia Woolf and James Melville came to Hall’s defense — which resulted in all copies of the novel being ordered destroyed. The judge found that reading the novel would …
- Sunderland student fights for Sherlock, ITV News
He also entertained other authors such as Bram Stoker, JM Barrie, and a young Virginia Woolf there. The house itself was a beautiful example of architecture, built in the late 1800’s when not many houses were designed by their occupier.
- How UK geography inspired its literature, The Asian Age
Other highlights include John Lennon’s original draft for In My Life; Virginia Woolf’s childhood newspaper, Hyde Park Gate News; 14th-century manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; and Emily Brontë’s Gondal Poems notebook. Read more about the exhibit on the Events page.
- British Library explores UK landscape over millennium, Chicago Tribune
Virginia Woolf mined her own memories of childhood holiday in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland for “To the Lighthouse” (1927). Exhibition visitors took obvious delight in poring over manuscripts new and old during a recent visit.
- Putting our lives on the page, The Guardian
Bechdel explores their relationship through the fiction of Virginia Woolf and the psychological theories of Donald Winnicott and Alice Miller, but is also highly personal, tracking their problems as far as the breastfeeding process.
- Review: Tricky dynamics in Alison Bechdel’s ‘Are You My Mother?’, Los Angeles Times
Long riffs on Virginia Woolf, on Alice Miller’s “The Drama of the Gifted Child” or the psychologist Donald Winnicott, who first conceptualized the transitional object, only serve to pull us out of the narrative about her mother, which sputters, …
- “Out” on the Shelves: 26 Graphic Novels for Pride Month 2012, Library Journal
Look for a rousing, intellectually challenging read folding in Dr. Seuss, psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, Virginia Woolf, Bechdel’s lesbian love life and childhood journals, and her talented mother’s curtailed theater career. See LJ review here, …
- Alison Bechdel Asks “Are You My Mother?”, Comic Book Resources
My own narration and the dialogue are all digital, but I do have these extended quotations from other books mostly from Winnicott but also from Virginia Woolf. Those are all hand lettered, very painstakingly. I’m not sure why I did that, …
- Are You My Mother?, NOW Magazine
She also addresses the theories of Alice Miller, Adrienne Rich, Sigmund Freud and Virginia Woolf. A dream sequence starts each chapter. Time is spent meta-musing about the challenges of writing the book. Occasionally she succumbs to dense …
- 5 Things You Need to Know Today, May 17, Patch.com
Although she’s not as famous as other stream of consciousness writers—like Virginia Woolf—she is credited with being the first to write in the stream style. Her novel Pilgrimmage was 12 volumes long and published over several years.
- Tribute to a moral conscience keeper, gulfnews.com
Cuttingly Greene called him a ‘pebbly eyed theosophist’ for this group — the Bloomsbury set of Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey had little time for Tagore. The Guardian in an article posed this provocative question ‘is his poetry any good’?
- ‘Wolf Hall’ shouldn’t be a competitive event, Telegraph.co.uk
At all costs, she must not come into contact with a novel by Joanne Harris, especially not Chocolat; Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse is just as dangerous because of its matchless description of a boeuf-en-daube, and as for Toni Morrison’s Beloved, …
- Anakana Schofield: Mobile reading, National Post
Dublin is not immediately or only the city of Joyce for me, but instead the city of Katherine Mansfield’s short stories and Virginia Woolf’s endless diaries, since it was here that in my twenties I walked up and down Baggot Street into town and back to …
- New PJ Harvey Tracks to Feature in Film, The Silver Tongue
The film draws from a range of filmmakers and writers – principally Chris Marker, but also Virginia Woolf, Frank O’Hara and others – but aims to touch on themes that are relevant to a wide range of people – where joy comes from, the emotions involved …
- Winchester’s Hat Fair unveils exciting new events for 2012, Basingstoke Gazette
Meanwhile, ShadyJane’s Edinburgh Fringe hit show of 2011, Sailing On, comes to a local ladies toilet near you for an evening in the company of Ophelia and Virginia Woolf (tickets from Theatre Royal Winchester on 01962 840440).
- Food for thought on sexuality, Asheville Citizen-Times
Pope Benedict in 1032, Pope John X11, Socrates, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Alexander The Great, Lord Byron, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Cole Porter, Eleanor Roosevelt, James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Herman Melville, Tennessee Williams …