Paris Press Books: On Being Ill
Posted in Adrian Stephen, Between the Acts, Bloomsbury, John Lehmann, On Being Ill, Ralph Partridge, study guides, Toby Stephen, tagged Adrian Stephen, Between the Acts, Bloomsbury Group, Dr. Roy Johnson, John Lehmann, Mantex, On Being Ill, Ralph Patridge, Thoby Stephen, Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf study guides on Thursday 14 February 2013 | 1 Comment »
Roy Johnson of Mantex Information Design wrote Blogging Woolf to say he has added half a dozen new resources connected to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group to the site. Here they are, with links:
Visit the Virginia Woolf at Mantex page. Woolf study guides on the site include:
Posted in art, art exhibits, Bloomsbury, literary blogs, On Being Ill, Vanessa Bell, Woolf online, Woolf sightings, tagged Alice Lowe, Bloomsbury Group, Duncan Grant, Hogarth Press, Kathleen Dixon Donnelly, On Being Ill, Roger Fry, SuchFriends blog, Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf on Tuesday 1 January 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Blogging Woolf is back from a holiday hiatus made longer by a bout with On Being Ill — the virus, not the Virginia Woolf essay published in 1930 by the Hogarth Press. But now that we are back, we recommend a couple of essays for your edification in this new year.
The first, “1913–What year…” by Kathleen Dixon Donnelly on the SuchFriends blog, takes an in-depth look at the New York Armory Show in February 1913, connecting it to Bloomsbury Group painters Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, etc. who closed London’s Second Post-Impressionist Exhibit early so many of the paintings could be sent on to New York.
Donnelly promises to post updates all year on what was happening to writers in 1913. You can also check out the Such Friends page on Facebook.
Woolfians near Manhattan have an advantage tomorrow. They can attend a book launch celebrating the Paris Press 10th anniversary edition of Virginia Woolf’s On Being Ill that includes Notes from Sick Rooms by her mother, Julia Stephen.
It marks the first book publication of Woolf and her mother.
The event will feature readings by Rita Charon (physician and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine), Mark Hussey (Pace University and acclaimed Virginia Woolf scholar), Judith Kelman (Director of Visible Ink Writing Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering), and Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins (physician and poet).
Held at Case Lounge, JG Hall, Columbia Law School, the event is free and open to the public.
Read a review of the book in Publisher’s Weekly.
Posted in Virginia Woolf and memory, tagged Hermione Lee, On Being Ill, TS Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf and memory, Virginia Woolf and Proust, Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf blog, Waste Land on Wednesday 10 October 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Sally Green posed a question this week on the VWoolf Listserv that asked, “Did Virginia Woolf have anything to say about historical memory, or issues of memory, say, the way Proust thought about memory (or the way we do today when engaging in “memory studies”?
Feedback from the list suggested the following Woolf works that touch on memory:
Influences on Woolf and memory included:
Secondary sources on Woolf and memory included:
I also found these:
Memory is the seamstress, and a capricious one at that. Memory runs her needle in and out, up and down, hither and thither. We know not what comes next, or what follows after. Thus, the most ordinary movement in the world, such as sitting down at a table and pulling the inkstand towards one, may agitate a thousand odd, disconnected fragments, now bright, now dim, hanging and bobbing and dipping and flaunting, like the underlinen of a family of fourteen on a line in a gale of wind – Orlando
So how fitting that this week, the Financial Times published a review of Virginia Woolf’s 1930 volume On Being Ill.
As the story goes, Woolf fainted at a party in 1925. During the aftermath, which involved several months of recuperation, she wrote a thoughtful rumination on how illness changes one’s experience of the world.
Those thoughts were published by the Hogarth Press in a slim volume with cover art designed by her sister, Vanessa Bell. It was titled On Being Ill.
Five years ago, in 2003, Lee presented the keynote address at the 13th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference on the essay. The theme that year was “Woolf in the Real World.” Nothing is more real than illness.
The Paris Press edition is not that new. My volume, which I picked up several years ago at my local Borders, has a copyright date of 2002.
Perhaps you can pick up a copy for an ill friend. It just might change his or her experience of the world.