The publisher and nephew of Leonard and Virginia has proposed a project for Blogging Woolf. And he plans to publish it as a monograph in his Bloomsbury Heritage series.
Cecil has asked us to collect “Virginia Woolf’s Likes and Dislikes” on this blog. Submit your entries in the comments section on this page, citing the source of the quote (Woolf’s Diary or Letters), volume, and page number.
Contributors should also include their name and academic affiliation, if appropriate, so you can be credited for your contribution in the Bloomsbury Heritage volume Cecil plans to edit and publish.
Cecil himself has come up with the first offering. Here’s what he sent Blogging Woolf:
- “I like printing in my basement best, almost: no, I like drinking champagne and getting wildly excited. I like driving off to Rodmell on a hot Friday evening and having cold ham, and sitting on my terrace and smoking a cigar with an owl or two” (Letter to Hugh Walpole, 16 July 1930, Letters IV, 189).
On the previous page in the same volume of Letters, I found the following dislike:
- “I don’t like [J. C.] Squire, but am doubtless jaundiced by my sense of his pervading mediocrity and thick thumbedness” (Letter to Ethel Smyth, 11 July 1930, Letters IV, 188).
Now it’s your turn, fellow Woolfians. Post away in the comments section below.
Or send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.