Posts Tagged ‘BBC Radio’

This podcast on the Times Literary Supplement website includes a discussion of Virginia Woolf’s April 29, 1937, BBC broadcast of her eight-minute talk, “Craftsmanship.”

In it, American Woolf scholar Emily Kopley fills us in on the context and background of Woolf’s third BBC radio talk. Fast forward to 35:30 to hear Kopley put the talk in context, which the moderator describes as “rather loaded.”

You can also read Kopley’s commentary on the topic, “At the Service of Words,” which was posted on April 27 and is no longer behind the paywall.


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Woolf wake-up timeVirginia Woolf’s normal wake-up time was 9 a.m., according to this graphic included in a post on Brain Pickings that discusses the literary productivity of 37 famous authors.

In another Brain Pickings post, author Maria Popova takes on the age-old battle of the brows — highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow and broadbrow. In it, Popova discusses the criticism Woolf received from English novelist and critic J. B. Priestley for being a highbrow and the words she lobbed back in response.

Woolf’s response started out as an unsent letter to New Statesman and ended up as an essay titled “Middlebrow.” It was published in 1942 in the posthumous collection The Death of the Moth and Other Essays, a volume that contains 26 essays written over a period of 20 years. “Craftsmanship,” the essay Woolf broadcast on BBC Radio on 29 April 1937, is also included in the volume.

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