We have all seen caricatures of Virginia Woolf. One appears on a coffee mug I use when I need a swig of inspiration. But there are also a number of Virginia Woolf cartoons out in cyberspace, and here are a few I found.
- “A Wolf Reading Virginia Woolf,” on cartoonstock.com
- “Virginia Woolf Double Vision by Lytton Strachey” by Guillermo Martin Bermejo. Click on the middle thumbnail to view the Woolf cartoon.
- Virginia Woolf Cartoon Postcard by David Levine
- A 1946 three page cartoon story of the Dreadnought Hoax, now for sale on eBay
- “Virginia Woolf And Feminism: A Cartoon And a Few Quotes to Consider”
- A cartoon titled “Good Ol’ Women’s Rights” that is posted on The Life of Virginia Woolf page created by a student in a high school advanced placement English class. She says it “illustrates Virginia Woolf’s feelings on the typical Woman in society and her non-conformity. It is a play on her famous essay ‘The Angel in the House’.”
- “Virginia Woolf Meets ‘Car Talk,'” a New Yorker cartoon by William Hamilton
And for a real treat, get ahold of a copy of the new graphic novel Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel. It features pages of drawings and text that feature Woolf’s intellectual struggle with the concepts of private writing versus public writing, the influence of her mother and her novel To the Lighthouse.
Here’s a quote about Bechdel’s book from Gloria Steinem:
Many of us are living out the unlived lives of our mothers. Alison Bechdel has written a graphic novel about this; sort of like a comic book by Virginia Woolf. You won’t believe it until you read it—and you must!