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The long-awaited life-sized bronze statue of Virginia Woolf officially arrived in Richmond today, the place where Virginia and her husband Leonard lived from 1914-1924 and where they established their famous Hogarth Press in 1917.

Woolf’s great niece Emma Woolf and Emma’s 2-year-old son Ludovic Cecil Woolf, along with Sophie Partridge, great, great niece of Virginia Woolf, were set to unveil the statue.

Designed by acclaimed artist Laury Dizengremel, the sculpture is located on the upper terraces of Richmond Riverside.

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Virginia Woolf will officially arrive in Richmond, where Woolf lived for 10 years, on Nov. 16. The life-sized bronze statue of the famous author will be unveiled at 2:30 p.m. by her great niece Emma Woolf and Emma’s 2-year-old son Ludovic Cecil Woolf, along with Sophie Partridge, great, great niece of Virginia Woolf, who is making the trip to Richmond from France.

Emma is the daughter of the late publisher Cecil Woolf, Leonard Woolf’s nephew, and Jean Moorcroft Wilson, the noted biographer of World War I poets.

Designed by acclaimed artist Laury Dizengremel, the sculpture will be installed on the upper terraces of Richmond Riverside. No tickets are required for the event. Note: The closest London Underground station is Richmond (on the District line and London Overground).

More at Books on the Rise

After the unveiling, Peter Fullagar, author of Virginia Woolf in Richmond, will  speak at 4 p.m. at Books on the Rise, a new local book shop, about Woolf’s years in Richmond. Tickets are required.

The shop is also selling all things related to Woolf, from books to maquettes and merchandise.

Project background

In 2017, arts and education charity Aurora Metro launched the project to commission, fund and erect a statue of Woolf in Richmond Upon Thames. It recognizes Woolf’s life in Richmond from 1915 to 1924, along with her founding of the Hogarth Press with husband Leonard and the publication of her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915.

Aurora Metro raised £50,000 to fund the statue. The charity’s sister company is Aurora Metro Publications, a local publisher with three decades of publishing original voices and promoting work in translation.

Aurora Metro is still soliciting funds to cover the installation, associated literary events and maintenance of the statue, which is the only full-sized statue of Woolf in the UK.

Follow on social media

For the latest news about the statue, follow on Twitter @VWoolfstatue or on Facebook/VWoolfStatue.

 

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Last week, we brought you news of a Virginia Woolf exhibit in New York City. This week, we bring you news of the arrival of a Woolf and Bloomsbury exhibit in Rome.

The exhibit, “Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury: Inventing Life,” opened in Rome Oct. 26 and will be at the National Roman Museum Palazzo Altemps through Feb. 12, 2023.

The exhibit is housed in five rooms of the Palazzo Altemps, each corresponding to a different section. It begins with a space dedicated to the meetings of Woolf and the Bloomsbury group at 46 Gordon Square in the Bloomsbury district of London, where Virginia and Vanessa Stephen met with group members such as John Maynard Keynes and Duncan Grant. Other spaces in the exhibit reconstruct the history of the Hogarth Press and recall the six years of the Omega Workshop.

Edited by Woolf scholar Nadia Fusini in collaboration with playwright and performance artist Luca Scarlini, the exhibit is a project of the National Roman Museum and the Electa publishing house, created in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery in London and with the support of the Italian Virginia Woolf Society., which also sponsored an all-night reading of Woolf on Nov. 5.

The Palazzo Altemps is a fitting choice for the exhibit, as it once hosted a library collected between the end of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as prestigious nineteenth century literary salons.

Tickets for the exhibit can be purchased online.

Above: the exhibition catalog published by Electa, which is constructed as an intimate diary, a notebook of notes and memories.

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Thanks to the New York Public Library, we have a good reason to visit New York City — the exhibit “Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind,” which opens today and runs through March 5, 2023.

The library’s first major exhibition to focus on Woolf since 1993, this biographical exhibit of more than 100 items provides an intimate view of the author’s life and creative process, using her personal notebooks and diaries, family photographs, and unpublished letters.

It is drawn entirely from the library’s holdings, one of the most important collections of Woolf’s writings in the world.

The focus and tickets

Tightly focused on her life and creative process, the exhibit explores the production of several novels, including Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927). The exhibit includes sections on nonfiction and the Hogarth Press, as well as the development of Vanessa Bell’s dust jacket designs.

Woolf’s diary is woven through the exhibit, and its main sections will be bookended by smaller introductory and legacy sections.

Located in the smaller Wachenheim Gallery of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd St., the exhibit includes materials primarily from the William Beekman Collection, along with a few recent acquisitions. These include Bell’s original drawings for To the Lighthouse and minor unpublished letters.

Free timed tickets can be booked online.

The materials

Materials related to “Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind” are from the well-known Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, including:

  • William Beekman Collection of Virginia Woolf and Her Circle
  • Virginia Woolf Collection of Papers
  • Duckworth-Hills Papers

There’s more to see

If you make the trip to the NYPL, be sure to take in the library’s first-ever permanent Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures. There you will see these Woolf-related items:

    • Virginia Woolf’s walking stick
    • Portraits of Virginia Woolf and her father, Leslie Stephen, from Violet Dickinson’s photo album
    • Diary entry by Woolf from November 1918
    • Letter from Virginia Woolf to David Garnett (1922)

Now Open! Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures from The New York Public Library on Vimeo.

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To help celebrate the centenary of Virginia Woolf’s 1922 novel Jacob’s Room, the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain has gathered some online resources. We share them here, with thanks to the VWSGB.

  • Read Jacob’s Room
    Read the 1960 Hogarth Presss edition on Internet Archive.
  • Read “The unconventional novel”
    Read “The Unconventional Novel,” a review of Jacob’s Room, published in The Guardian, 3 November 1922 and republished 20 July 2002.
  • Participate in the VWoolf100 Centenary Readathon
    Tweet your thoughts on Jacob’s Room to @VWoolf100 with the hashtag #JacobsRoom100. Read more.
  • Take Jacob’s Walk
    VWSGB member Robert B. Todd on Jacob’s London; includes “Jacob’s Walk.”
    Read more.
  • Listen to the Virginia Woolf Podcast from Literature Cambridge
    “100 years of Jacob’s Room,” with Karina Jakubowicz, novelist Susan Sellers and King’s College Cambridge archivist Peter Jones. Read more and listen.
  • Read the guest blog post from Literature Cambridge
    Jacob’s Room: A Novel without Heroes:” a guest blog post about a lecture by Alison Hennegan from 12 December 2020.
  • Read “Comparing Woolf’s Jacob’s Room and Beethoven’s Third
    By Urmila Seshagiri, editor of the Oxford World’s Classics Jacob’s Room (2nd edition, OUP, 2022, on the Oxford University Press blog.
  • Read an introduction to the novel
    This introduction to Jacob’s Room is by US writer and teacher Danell Jones.

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