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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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If Virginia Woolf had a personal assistant, here’s the tale she might tell — according to comedian Gaby Dunn.

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If you have 16 minutes and an interest in Virginia Woolf’s life and writing — and you must or you wouldn’t be visiting this blog — take a look at this Virginia Woolf timeline in photographs. It’s set to Phillip Glass music and it will make you recall The Hours.

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Virginia Woolf, pugilist, is featured in a Kenyon College video designed to market the Ohio liberal arts school to prospective students.

In the video “Kenyon College: Beneath The Beech – Thomas Hawks Fears Virginia Woolf,” Kenyon Senior Chace Beech interviews English professor Thomas Hawks about the likely street fighting skills of writers James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

Hawk’s assessment? “Woolf could probably take them both.”

The video, which begins with the line “Words… why do we need them?”  is part of a quirky series of promotional videos produced by the college titled “Beneath the Beech.”

“I think they show how approachable and engaged Kenyon professors are with the students,” Beech said.

 

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The Indigo Girls sing “Virginia Woolf.”

And a video “Tribute to Virginia Woolf” set to the same song.

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Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 9.00.04 PMRun, don’t walk, to the nearest newsstand to purchase the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, UK edition. The reason is Woolf. The magazine will include a reprint of her short story “Lappin and Lapinova,” which she wrote exclusively for the magazine in 1939.

To introduce it, Woolf biographer Alexandra Harris recalls her literary love affair with Woolf and describes the true story behind the short story.

The link to Harris’s recollection was shared on the VWoolf Listserv. Here is what readers had to say:

my enchantment was triggered by `Lappin and Lapinova’ when I was a senior in college. I was mesmerized by the fairy tale of a failed marriage and then ended up writing my final paper forand `Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown. And the rest is history.”

“I was in graduate school in Madison at the University of Wisconsin, working on  Renaissance (as we called it then) literature.  I had never even heard  of Virginia Woolf.  A woman to whom I was entirely attracted asked me if I read her and I tried not to answer. I went right to the library and got To the Lighthouse because the object of my crush had mentioned that title.  I was completely stunned and amazed and just kept reading. As soon as I had a little wiggle room as a professor, I began teaching her to other young people who didn’t know who she was. The relationship with the woman only lasted 7 years, but my connection to Virginia continues to grow as I continue to age.”

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