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A website and a Facebook page, dubbed the Isaac Rosenberg Statue Appeal, have been set up to help raise funds to erect a statue in honor of the noted World War I poet and artist.

Organizers Emma Woolf and Jean Moorcroft Wilson, author of Isaac Rosenberg: The Making of a Great War Poet: A New Life, say Rosenberg has not received the widespread recognition he deserves as one of the greatest of the First World War poets.

Writers of his generation would agree. T. S. Eliot called him the “most remarkable” of the World War I poets. Siegfried Sassoon called him “a genius.”

The statue will be erected at Torrington Square on the Birkbeck College campus in Bloomsbury by April 1, 2018, the centenary of his death.

Organizers will launch a crowdfunding site to help raise funds for the statue, which is expected to cost £92,000. Donation can also be made by post, with checks made payable to Jeecs-Rosenberg Statue appeal, c/o Clive Bettington, P.O. Box 57317, London E1 3WG.

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Two hundred and fifty-six recordings of oral history interviews conducted with more than 90 members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) are now available online through Stanford University’s library wilpf_positive1catalogue, Searchworks.

The interviews were conducted and recorded between approximately 1979 and 1989, as part of the Women’s Peace Oral History project. Interviews were conducted with members of California local branches as well as other U.S. branches. Also featured are recordings from the 1967 WILPF National Conference at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, Calif.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Collection was released in conjunction with the anniversary of the league’s formation on April 28, 1915. The group was formed when 1,200 women from neutral and warring nations met in the Hague, Netherlands with the aim of negotiating the end of World War I. They also wanted to urge peaceful resolution and “continuous mediation” to avoid future conflicts, according to the Stanford University Libraries blog.

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Erica Delsandro, a visiting assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Bucknell University, is a Virginia Woolf scholar who specializes in the literature of the interwar period. She teaches a course on “The Literature of Downton Abbey” and was interviewed twice this year by Whitney Chirdon and Lindsey Whissel, hosts of “After Abbey,” a WPSU show.

You can watch both interviews below.

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Here are two wonderful resources shared with the VWoolf Listserv by Karen Levenback, Female Poets of WWIauthor of Virginia Woolf and the Great War (2000).

The first is an online timeline of literature in the context of historical, social and cultural events from 1914-1919.

The second is research conducted by Lucy London, who Levenback describes as “a most helpful woman in England, who is working on women and the Great War.”

London, a poet who trained as a French/English shorthand secretary and worked in London in the media and public relations, is now researching women poets of the Great War around the world.

She describes her project as “a (self-funded) research project that seeks to inform the general public about the First World War through exhibitions of the work and lives of women who wrote poetry at that time.”

Her blog, Female Poets of the Great War, documents her efforts. But she has other blogs as well:

Follow her on Twitter @LucyLondon7, where she posted this thank you after learning that Blogging Woolf was reporting on her efforts:

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Here is what Bloomsbury Group members and their contemporaries were doing as World War I began.

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A production of The Wrens, a one-act play by Lady Augusta Gregory, 62, is playing in London. One of her fellow Abbey Theatre founders, George Moore, also 62, is in the city, but they haven’t spoken for years.

Painter Vanessa Bell, 35, is with her art critic husband Clive, 32, and his family at Cleve House in Wiltshire. Their friend, biographer Lytton Strachey, 34, is nearby in Marlborough, working on his essay, ‘Cardinal Manning.’ With all the talk of war, he is a bit worried about his sister who is travelling in Germany.

Vanessa’s sister, Virginia, also 32, is with her husband, Leonard Woolf, 33, farther east at her Sussex country house, Asham.

In Cambridge, visiting Americans Gertrude Stein, 40, and Alice B. Toklas, 37, have just been introduced to philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, 53, and Alice has heard bells…

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The SuchFriends blog has announced that it will travel back in time to 1912, the year the RMS Titanic sank — and the year of a major event in Virginia Woolf’s life.

Blogger Kathleen Dixon Donnelly says she will discuss Woolf’s major event, as well as others that took place in Ireland, England, France and America that year. On her journey, she will ask questions such as these:

  • What Pittsburgh-born writer was the talk of Dublin cafes?
  • What literary couple got married in England? (Spoiler alert: Virginia and Leonard were married on Aug. 10, 1912.)
  •  What ballet scandalized Paris?
  • What future Algonquin Round Table member was president of the Harvard Lampoon?

Donnelly advises watching her blog soon after Jan. 1 “for all the 1912 gossip about writers” and invites readers to submit answers to the questions she poses via a “Comment.”

Meanwhile, here are some Woolf-related links on the SuchFriends blog:

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For many, it’s just a statistic: In 1921 England there were one and three-quaSingled Outrter million more women than men. For Virginia Nicholson, Vanessa Bell’s granddaughter, that statistic is the start of a compelling story.

In Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War, Nicholson traces the fate of a generation of women left to blaze a new path for themselves after the slaughter of World War I. Known as ‘the Surplus Women’, the women of this generation met fates different from their Victorian forebears. Some accomplished great things as they took up traditionally male pursuits. Others felt trapped, lonely, and desperate.

In Singled Out, Nicholson draws on her extensive knowledge of the period, skillfully weaving the life stories of a sampling of women into a compelling tale of the interwar years for English women. Read more about the book, which will be out in the UK later this month.

Nicholson is also the author of Among the Bohemians and is the co-author of Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Gardens. Speaking of Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, she will be there to talk about her new book on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are £14 and include Nicholson’s talk and a glass of wine.

Wish I could join her. But I do plan to read Singled Out as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.

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