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Here’s a new take on Vita and Virginia. Vita Sackville West’s miniature book, written as an accessory for a famous doll house in 1922, is said to have been the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel Orlando.

The story, encapsulated in a volume about the size of a matchbox with just 20 words per tiny page, is titled “A Note of Explanation.” It was one of 200 volumes produced for the library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a replica of an Edwardian residence made as a gift for the consort of George V, according to The Telegraph.

Vita was among the greats

Some of the greatest authors of the day were commissioned to write works for the doll habitat, now on display at Windsor Castle. Besides Vita, they included Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The theme of Vita’s story will sound familiar to anyone who has read Woolf’s pseudo-biography. It tells the tale of an ageless figure who is present for major moments in history. However, in Vita’s version, the ageless figure is a sprite and the history the sprite lives through is fairytale history — from Cinderella’s ball to Sleeping Beauty’s kiss.

Woolf always acknowledged that Orlando had been inspired by Vita and her family, but apparently did not acknowledge that Vita had written a tiny book with a similar theme.

Get the book

A hardback cloth-bound publication of the book, sized 9.8 inches x 6.8 inches, went on sale Oct. 16 by the Royal Collection Trust, according to the BBC. It includes illustrations by Kate Baylay and an afterword by Sackville-West’s biographer, Matthew Dennison, The Guardian reported.

You can order it through the RCT shop. You can also find it on Amazon.

 

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Three Bloomsbury lectures by Sarah Latham Phillips, MA that will benefit the Art Fund in Bristol will be held on Wednesdays in November — Nov. 8, 15, and 29 — at Redland Quaker Meeting Rooms, 126 Hampton Rd, BRISTOL BS6 6JE.

Phillips is the author of Virginia Woolf as a ‘Cubist’ Writer, available from Cecil Woolf Publishers.

Tickets are £12.50 per lecture or £35 for the series. Contact helenthornbury@aol.com or bristolandbath@artfund.org.uk.

Lecture 1 : An Introduction to the Art and Lives of the Bloomsbury Group

This lecture will introduce the controversial and influential, early modern British, avant-garde Bloomsbury Group: painters, writers, an economist & art critics; at the heart of which were the two sisters Vanessa Bell & Virginia Woolf. It will identify the importance of the artist and criticRoger Fry and his ideas behind the Omega Workshop.

Lecture 2 : More Bloomsbury: Artists, Writers and Patrons on the Fringe of Bloomsbury

This lecture will give more detail on the Bloomsbury Members, particularly John Maynard Keynes and Lytton Strachey and then broaden the circle to introduce Lady Ottoline Morrell, Vita Sackville West, David Garnett, Lydia Lopokova, Dora Carrington, Ralph & Frances Partridge and Gerald Brenan.

Lecture 3 : The Influence of the Visual Arts on the Writing Style of Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf’s novels and short stories of the 1920’s are highly innovative, creative and Modernist in their design. This lecture will introduce the art critics Roger Fry and Clive Bell, their Post Impressionist Exhibitions in London in 1910 and 1912 and explain the influences of Cezanne, Picasso, Braque and Matisse and her artist sister Vanessa Bell on her life and work.

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An email will be sent to you on receipt of the cheque. Your ticket(s) will be emailed 2 weeks before the event (or posted if you have sent a SAE). There are no refunds.

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A new short video about Virginia Woolf was recently published on YouTube by TED-Ed. Titled “Why should you read Virginia Woolf?”  it is narrated by Iseult Gillesipe from the University of Wisconson-Madison.

The video details Woolf’s early life and highlights several of her novels. Check it out on YouTube or view it below.

 

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Alice Lowe, a contributor to Blogging Woolf and a prolific essay writer, has a new essay in Stonecoast Review. In it, she pays homage to her muse, Virginia Woolf, and reflects on her new tattoo, aging and writing.

You can read more about it on Alice’s blog: Seventy | Alice Lowe — still writing

 

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The Bulletin of the New York Public Library dating from 1897 through 1977 is now online and includes the Virginia Woolf Issue, Issue 2, Winter 1977.

This issue features the Stephen family on the cover, along with multiple articles on The Years and essays that examine Three Guineas.

A special treat in the issue is Woolf’s hand-drawn genealogy of the Pargiter family that appears on the reverse of the Contents page, Page 155 in the PDF. Issue 2 begins on page 152 in the PDF numbering.

Thanks to Vara Neverow and the VWoolf Listserv for news of this online resource.

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If you’re lucky enough to be in England this fall, you can attend two Woolf Talks scheduled by Literature Cambridge.

Speaker and Topic: Frances Spalding on “Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry: Looking at the Carpet from the Wrong Side”
When: Wednesday 18 October, at 1 p.m.
Where: Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU.
Free and open to the public. No need to make a reservation.

Speaker and Topic: Claire Davison on “Virginia Woolf and Musical Performance”
When: Wednesday 29 November at 1 p.m.
Where: Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge CB3 0BU.
Free and open to the public. No need to make a reservation.

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