Archive for July, 2008

Virginia Woolf’s only play, Freshwater, will be produced for the first time in the U.S. early next year.

The production, a collaborative effort by the Women’s Project and the SITI Company, will run Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 at the Julia Miles Theater, 424 West 55th St., in New York, just west of 9th Avenue.

Show times are Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m., with no matinee Sunday, Jan. 25. Presumably, the cast and crew will spend their extra time that afternoon celebrating Woolf’s birthday.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Oct. 1. The price is $42. But Women’s Project members can purchase tickets now. Member prices range from $15 to $25. Call 212-765-2105 or e-mail membership@womensproject.org for tickets or membership information.

Click here for an interview with director Anne Bogart. Meet the cast and the creative team.

Woolf wrote Freshwater, which is set in a Victorian garden on a summer evening, in 1923 and revised it in 1935. In it, she creates “a deliberately witty and wacky universe peopled with a tribe of artists, friends, and lovers in a playful mood,” according to the Women’s Project.

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From Mark Hussey, author of Virginia Woolf A to Z, comes the news that if you have a spare $153,580, eight of Woolf’s pocket diaries can be yours.

The diaries, which are being offered by an antiquarian bookseller in London, were kept by Woolf from 1930 onward. Among them is her pocket diary for 1941, the year she ended her life. The diaries include engagement entries, manuscript entries and other notes.

Get the pocket diary details here.

Want more details about Woolf for sale?

  • Read a post and comments about prices for Woolf’s novels here.
  • Get details about the Woolf letters offered for sale at a Christie’s auction last fall here.

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In our current environment, with U.S. newspapers screaming about our terrible economy, it is interesting to discover that Americans can still afford to be the high bidder on literary archives — at least if the Americans are located in Texas.

Read more in The Guardian about U.S. success in attracting the papers of men and women of letters.

Virginia Woolf’s papers are available at several sites. They include the New York Public Library’s Berg Collection, Smith College, Washington State University, Victoria University, the British Library, and the University of Sussex.

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Loving Orlando

Orlando DVDFor many Woolfians, Orlando is one of our most-loved, rather than most-loathed, of Woolf’s novels. Despite what some modern day cranky critics say.

Some lovers of Orlando posted their responses to critics who recently panned the novel.

Meanwhile, a query posted on the VW Listserv elicited a number of scholarly references regarding Sally Potter‘s film adaptation of the novel.

Among them were these from Gulshan Taneja of the University of Delhi’s English department and editor of In-between: Essays & Studies in Literary Criticism:

  • Peter Naccarato, “Straightening Woolf’s Queer Text: Sally Potter’s Orlando.” In-between: Essays & Studies in Literary Criticism, 14.2 (September 2005): 107-20. Taneja says this was a special issue devoted to Orlando.
  • Alison Graham-Bertolini, in an appendix to her article, “The ‘Becoming’ of Orlando: The Deleuzian Perspective,” includes a discussion of the Potter film. It can be found in In-between: Essays & Studies in Literary Criticism 14.2 (September 2005): 153-165.
  • Potter’s “Notes on the Adaptation of the Book Orlando” from Professor Rose Norman’s Web site.

Here are a few more Orlando resources, scholarly or not, that you can find online:

  • Orlando the Film: Bibliography posted by Dr. Norman.
  • “Reading Readers in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography” by Kathryn N. Benzel. Get it here.
  • “Gypsies and Lesbian Desire: Vita Sackville-West, Violet Trefusis, and Virginia Woolf” by Kirstie Blair. Click here.
  • “Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: The Book as Critic” by Kelly Tetterton. Go here.
  • “An off-beat adaptation: Orlando” by Timotheos Roussos. Find it here.
  • A common reader’s self-described online “shrine” to the Potter film.
  • The movie trailer.

Other resources on Orlando can be found here and here.

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