Kristin Czarnecki, president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, posted the note below on Facebook today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death.
To read more about her last note, as well as its social, literary, cultural and scientific contexts, visit this page on the Smith College website.
“On the 75th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death, one of my favorite passages from Mrs. Dalloway from one of the most remarkable characters ever created:
Why then rage and prophesy? Why fly scourged and outcast? Why be made to tremble and sob by the clouds? Why seek truths and deliver messages when Rezia sat sticking pins into the front of her dress, and Mrs. Peters was in Hull? Miracles, revelations, agonies, loneliness, falling through the sea, down, down into the flames, all were burnt out, for he had a sense, as he watched Rezia trimming the straw hat for Mrs. Peters, of a coverlet of flowers.
R.I.P. Virginia–and Septimus.
And on Twitter:
In memory of Virginia Woolf who died this day. pic.twitter.com/C58FbeM4Bo
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