Archive for October, 2020

More than thirteen years after starting Blogging Woolf, I realized that several important components were missing. First off, the blog was missing an “About” page, a rationale for how and why the blog came to be. So I have added one. I introduce it here.

It includes the story of how I came to Woolf — something most Woolfians enjoy sharing. It also includes how I first met Woolf in the classroom and how I came back to Woolf many years later.

Most important of all, I think, it also tells the tale of my friendship and publishing experiences with the beloved Cecil Woolf and his brilliant wife Jean Moorcroft Wilson.

This new page also encourages Woolf readers and scholars everywhere to join the Woolf circle by attending a Woolf conference or signing up for the Woolf Listserv.

Cecil Woolf and Jean Moorcroft Wilson

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Mapping Woolf’s novels

Location is important in Virginia Woolf’s novels. And a page on the Londonist website maps the locations used in all ten of her novels. It also points out key factors about the locations.

Those points include:

  • Bloomsbury doesn’t figure all that frequently.
  • Piccadilly is her most-used location.
  • Only half of her novels are set principally in London.
  • Her novels are quite international in setting.

The map points reflect locations mentioned or visited in the following 10 books:

The Voyage Out (1915), Night and Day (1919), Jacob’s Room (1922), Mrs Dalloway (1925), To The Lighthouse (1927), Orlando: A Biography (1928), The Waves (1931), Flush: A Biography (1933), The Years (1937), Between The Acts (1941)

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Four hundred and twenty-two erotic drawings by Duncan Grant dating from the 1940s and 1950s have been discovered under a bed, after being thought destroyed because of their explicit homosexual content, according to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

The drawings were given to Edward Le Bas in 1959. They then were passed on through a string of friends before eventually reaching theatre designer
Norman Coates, who kept them under his bed and showed them only to a few select friends.

Coates has now decided to give the collection, thought to be worth £2 million, to the Charleston Trust. Read more on the BBC website and in The Guardian.

Charleston to launch crowdfunding campaign

Charleston, like most historic houses, is struggling financially because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Oct. 16 it will launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise the remaining sum needed to reopen. That day is the 104th anniversary of the date when Grant, his boyfriend David “Bunny” Garnett, and Bell moved to Charleston.

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