Archive for the ‘World War I’ Category

A website and a Facebook page, dubbed the Isaac Rosenberg Statue Appeal, have been set up to help raise funds to erect a statue in honor of the noted World War I poet and artist.

Organizers Emma Woolf and Jean Moorcroft Wilson, author of Isaac Rosenberg: The Making of a Great War Poet: A New Life, say Rosenberg has not received the widespread recognition he deserves as one of the greatest of the First World War poets.

Writers of his generation would agree. T. S. Eliot called him the “most remarkable” of the World War I poets. Siegfried Sassoon called him “a genius.”

The statue will be erected at Torrington Square on the Birkbeck College campus in Bloomsbury by April 1, 2018, the centenary of his death.

Organizers will launch a crowdfunding site to help raise funds for the statue, which is expected to cost £92,000. Donation can also be made by post, with checks made payable to Jeecs-Rosenberg Statue appeal, c/o Clive Bettington, P.O. Box 57317, London E1 3WG.


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Two hundred and fifty-six recordings of oral history interviews conducted with more than 90 members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) are now available online through Stanford University’s library wilpf_positive1catalogue, Searchworks.

The interviews were conducted and recorded between approximately 1979 and 1989, as part of the Women’s Peace Oral History project. Interviews were conducted with members of California local branches as well as other U.S. branches. Also featured are recordings from the 1967 WILPF National Conference at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, Calif.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Collection was released in conjunction with the anniversary of the league’s formation on April 28, 1915. The group was formed when 1,200 women from neutral and warring nations met in the Hague, Netherlands with the aim of negotiating the end of World War I. They also wanted to urge peaceful resolution and “continuous mediation” to avoid future conflicts, according to the Stanford University Libraries blog.

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Erica Delsandro, a visiting assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Bucknell University, is a Virginia Woolf scholar who specializes in the literature of the interwar period. She teaches a course on “The Literature of Downton Abbey” and was interviewed twice this year by Whitney Chirdon and Lindsey Whissel, hosts of “After Abbey,” a WPSU show.

You can watch both interviews below.

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Here are two wonderful resources shared with the VWoolf Listserv by Karen Levenback, Female Poets of WWIauthor of Virginia Woolf and the Great War (2000).

The first is an online timeline of literature in the context of historical, social and cultural events from 1914-1919.

The second is research conducted by Lucy London, who Levenback describes as “a most helpful woman in England, who is working on women and the Great War.”

London, a poet who trained as a French/English shorthand secretary and worked in London in the media and public relations, is now researching women poets of the Great War around the world.

She describes her project as “a (self-funded) research project that seeks to inform the general public about the First World War through exhibitions of the work and lives of women who wrote poetry at that time.”

Her blog, Female Poets of the Great War, documents her efforts. But she has other blogs as well:

Follow her on Twitter @LucyLondon7, where she posted this thank you after learning that Blogging Woolf was reporting on her efforts:

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Here is what Bloomsbury Group members and their contemporaries were doing as World War I began.

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