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New work from Virginia Woolf will be out this summer. The work appeared in The Charleston Bulletin, a family newspaper founded by her Charleston Bulletinnephews, Quentin and Julian Bell, in the summer of 1923.

The vignettes, written or dictated by Woolf between 1923 and 1927 and published in The Charleston Bulletin’s Supplements, describe incidents and individuals of Woolf’s family and household, including servants and members of the Bloomsbury Group. Quentin Bell provided the illustrations.

An article in The Guardian says Woolf’s writing in these supplements shows her “affectionate, mischievous side.”

Helen Melody, curator of modern literary manuscripts at the British Library, says the work is likely the last unpublished work of Woolf.

Yet Stuart N. Clarke, editor of The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Vol 5. and a member of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, maintains that each issue of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin includes at least one previously unpublished letter by Woolf. They include letters to Lady Aberconway, Mrs Easdale and Winifred Holtby.  Clarke says the Bulletin will soon include a number of letters written by Woolf to Lady Colefax.

The British Library, which acquired the works in 2003, will publish The Charleston Bulletin Supplements for the first time this June.

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