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Archive for January 13th, 2012

The most notable offering among this group of Woolf sightings is the date May 11. It marks the British Library exhibition on “British literature and place” that will include an issue of Hyde Park Gate News, the childhood newspaper written by Virginia Woolf describing a summer visit to a lighthouse. Scroll down to #10 for the link.

If you can’t make the exhibit, you can still read issues of the Stephen family newspaper. They are available in book form, edited by Gill Lowe with a foreward by Hermione Lee.

  1. Free at lastIndian Express
    On January 1, 2012, the works of James Joyce, Marina Tsvetaeva, Virginia Woolf, Rabindranath Tagore and Sherwood Anderson, among others, entered the public domain (except in certain jurisdictions). In other words, they can be freely read, …
  2. Canadians: tell Parliament to preserve Canada’s public domain!Boing Boing
     Year’s Day this year by welcoming the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Carl Jung into the public domain just as European countries were celebrating the arrival of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, 20 years after both entered the Canadian public domain. …
  3. Grace by Esther Morgan – reviewThe Guardian
    Setting in motion a kind of archaeological excavation of the charged moment, this poetry can call to mind Elizabeth Bishop and the prose of Virginia Woolf – though, oddly, there can be an absence of detail in Morgan’s writing. …
  4. 12 for ’12: The Most Anticipated Books of the YearNational Post
    A debut novel from a former nominee for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and one of Knopf’s New Faces of Fiction, Magnified World starts with a nod to Virginia Woolf, as a mother fills her pockets with stones and drowns herself in the Don …
  5. The Death of the Heart (Modern Library #84)Reluctant Habits
    There’s some truth to the notion that Elizabeth Bowen may very well be the missing link between Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness and Iris Murdoch’s masterful fusing of behavioral study and philosophy. Yet as I’ve intimated above, …
  6. ‘Iron Lady’ star Meryl Streep has a way of forging her pathLong Beach Press-Telegram
    In “Adaptation,” she’s the fantasy version of a deranged screenwriter, and in “The Hours” she’s a woman whose life is affected by Virginia Woolf’s novel “Mrs. Dalloway.” ANGELS IN AMERICA: In the 2003 HBO miniseries based on the play by Tony Kushner, …
  7. Movie makeovers help actresses capture the magicUSA TODAY
    An unrecognizable Nicole Kidman bagged an Oscar for playing Virginia Woolf in 2002’s The Hours. A year later, an equally transformed Charlize Theron won the same award for playing an unsightly killer in Monster. And let’s not forget sparkly Marion …
  8. Six Actors Who Actually Look Like the Famous People They PortrayedPW-Philadelphia Weekly
    Erin Brockovich doesn’t look like Julia Roberts, Virginia Woolf didn’t look like Nicole Kidman and Salvador Dalí looked nothing like Robert Pattison. That said, apply the right makeup to Meryl Streep and she’ll look like Margaret Thatcher, …
  9. A New Chapter begins for Le Cordon Bleu London School of Culinary Arts at PR Web (press release)
    Several members of the group lived in the area in the early decades of the 20th century, including biographer Lytton Strachey and novelist Virginia Woolf. The building features state-of-the-art kitchen and classroom facilities offering students the…
  10. Literary events in 2012The Guardian
    … JG Ballard’s handwritten manuscripts; the “suppressed” chapter from Wind in the Willows; a childhood newspaper written by Virginia Stephen (Woolf) describing a summer visit to a lighthouse and manuscripts of the Brontës, including Jane Eyre. …
  11. Gigantic summer movie quizHerald Sun
    Which Australian played the ill-fated novelist Virginia Woolf in the 2003 movie The Hours? 2. In which 2004 movie did Harry Potter discover that a dangerous wizard named Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban prison? 3. Which 1944 movie, based on an …
  12. Alexis M. Smith finds a Portland publisher for her Portland novelOregonLive.com
    Smith is a huge fan of Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” and was influenced by Woolf’s use of the present as a point of reference for the past. “It’s very poetic,” Montgomery says. “Alexis is such an elegant writer. She’s really got the soul of a poet….
  13. Because they have a VoiceIndian Express
    Virginia Woolf’s unforgettable words, “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman”, became directional for Polish theatre director Marta Górnicka. They echoed cultural stereotypes about femininity. “There doesn’t exist a language which belongs to women …
  14. Kate Bolick: why modern women don’t marryTelegraph.co.uk
    Her flat is softly feminine, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stuffed with novels, including authors such as Virginia Woolf and Rousseau. A well-worn copy of Eleanor Roosevelt’s On My Own sits on a side table. I ask her why she thinks her article has…
  15. Louise Doughty novelIran Book News Agency
    Ghojaloo is the translator of well-known works such as Virginia Woolf’s “Woman in the Mirror” and “Orlando”, Malcolm Bradbury’s books on novel, and Susan Sontag’s “Alice in Bed”. “Stone Cradle” penned by Louise Doughty is converted into Persian by…
  16. Tilda Swinton on Virginia Woolf’s OrlandoTelegraph.co.uk
    When Tilda Swinton first discovered Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’, she embraced it as a practical guide to living. Fifteen years later she played the gender-hopping hero on screen. Now, as a new edition is published, the actress maps the obsessions behind…
  17. Parallel Points of Light Ricochet Across TimeNew York Times
    They represent what Virginia Woolf called “moments of being,” in this case in the unremarkable existences of William Rivington and Caroline Carpenter, two people who never knew each other but appear to have resided in the same corner of England at ...
  18. Beverly Ford Food for thoughtFrederick News Post (subscription)
    If one believes, as the English novelist Virginia Woolf did, that “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” what one eats may be an important area of resolve for 2012. Beverly Ford of Walkersville is a retiree and …
  19. I Was a Teenage Samuel Beckett: Or, My Literary Biography ProblemTIME
    I became obsessed with biographies of Sylvia Plath, and then Virginia Woolf, and then Evelyn Waugh. These were serious scholarly works, but to me they were porn for a wannabe novelist. (Plath’s life is pure incandescent ecstasy and agony. …
  20. Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson to Lead AN ILIAD at New York Theatre WorkshopBroadway World
    At NYTW Lisa Peterson has directed numerous productions, including Light Shining in Buckinghamshire for which she won an OBIE award, and The Waves, which she adapted from Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same title with David Bucknam and which received …
  21. The infamous C-wordOUPblog (blog)
    The protagonist in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando fainted at seeing a woman’s ankle. Keep reading and don’t faint. Words for the genitals and sexual activities have always been tabooed, but not necessarily out of prudery. Throughout history people have …
  22. My First Job: Toy SalesmanSo So Gay
    What I’d really wanted to do was mooch around Waterstone’s all summer, binge-reading Virginia Woolf and flicking my fringe at customers, but my mum wanted me out of the house and had sold a fitted kitchen to the toy store manager so ultimately I was …

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