Exterior of the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd St.

Can’t get to New York City before March 5? No problem. You can view the digital version of the exhibit “Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind” from your easy chair by logging onto your computer.

Just go to the exhibit web page, scroll down, and click on each individual section of the exhibit in turn.

The sections are:

  1. Early Years
  2. Fiction
  3. Criticism
  4. The Hogarth Press
  5. Legacy

The online component also includes a slide show of 10 photographs that show what the in-person exhibit looks like.

Listen in as authors discuss the exhibit and Woolf

In addition, you can listen to 23 audio tracks, with transcripts, that guide you through the exhibit.

Each features a conversation between Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life (2020) and Francesca Wade, author of Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars (2020), as they discuss and dissect the exhibit’s individual components.

Shop Woolf

You can also shop the the Woolf collection available in the library’s online gift shop. It includes everything from notebooks to books to jewelry to tote bags.

Background on the Woolf exhibit

“Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind” is 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view of the author’s life and creative process, using her personal notebooks and diaries, family photographs, and unpublished letters.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.

Read more.

Interior shot of the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd St.

Need a photo of Virginia Woolf or another member of the Bloomsbury group? Good luck.

“Snapshots of Bloomsbury” by Maggie Humm

A lengthy recent discussion on the VWoolf Listserv involved the difficulty of finding and obtaining photographs of Virginia Woolf and the other members of the Bloomsbury group.

I collected some — but perhaps not all — of the links provided by list participants. I include those I harvested below, although some had already been posted on this site.

The discussion also included advice about how to obtain permission to use Virginia and Leonard’s literary work. You’ll find a link to the Society of Authors, from which you can request such permission, at the end of this post.

Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House Photographs

Location: Harvard Library
Dates: 1867-1967
Details: You can view the entire 182 pages of the photo albums, page by page. The digitized material available online includes all the images in Virginia Woolf’s photo albums, numbered one through six, that Frederick R. Koch gave to Harvard’s Houghton Library in 1983. They include the 1,000 photos in Maggie Humm’s 2006 book Snapshots of Bloomsbury: the Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. For more details, read our Feb. 4, 2018, post on this topic: “View Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House Photos online.”

You can also click on individual Monk’s House Album links in the “Digital Archives” category in the right sidebar of this blog.

Leslie Stephen’s Photograph Album

Location: Smith College Libraries
Details: Leslie Stephen compiled a photograph album and wrote an epistolary memoir, known as the “Mausoleum Book,” to mourn the death of his wife, Julia, in 1895. Leslie Stephen’s photograph album is now part of the Elizabeth Power Richardson Bloomsbury Iconography Collection at Smith College. The album and the memoir, which Stephen created for his children and stepchildren, provide an exceptional example of late Victorian grief.

Tate Images for Vanessa Bell

Location: Tate
Details: 211 images, both paintings and photographs housed at the Tate, that come up when one conducts a search on Vanessa Bell’s name. They include images of Vanessa, along with those of other members of the Bloomsbury group.

Francis Partridge’s Photograph Albums

Location: Archive Center, King’s College, Cambridge
Dates: 1913-2004
Details:  Contains Frances Partridge’s photograph albums, as well as those bequeathed to her by Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington.

The Society of Authors

Need permission to reproduce the work of the Woolfs? The Society of Authors manages the literary estates of both Virginia and Leonard. For information on obtaining permission to reproduce the Woolfs’ work, visit the society’s website.

In today’s world, difference and diversity are under threat. For the second year in a row, the Outside/rs conference, promises to help enhance the understanding of their importance.

According to its mission statement, “Outside/rs aims to build a common understanding of the challenges in accounting for ‘outsider’ groups. We want to have conversations about what Outside/Inside means in relation to gender, sex, queerness and beyond.”

About Outside/rs 2023

Outside/rs 2023 is a hybrid postgraduate and community conference, scheduled for June 9-11 and hosted at the University of Sussex. The three-day event will be held in-person and online. This year’s theme is “Solidarity with/in the community.”

This conference is organized by a group of postgraduate students, with support from the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

As the organizers write: “We are currently in a period of greater divides and contestation within our society, especially when it comes to those who exist in queer, marginal or dissident relations to normativity in its various guises.

“This feeling of division and the fight for solidarity both inside and outside our communities is a common experience for queer, trans or LGBTQIA+ people, as well as BIPOC communities, disabled and neuro-diverse people, working class and colonised populations, and others still.”

The conference attempts to answer the following questions:

  • What does solidarity and contestation mean for LGBTQIA+ people and other groups?
  • How can we understand and challenge the impact of solidarity and contestation on our lives and communities?
  • What can we do about the solidarity/contestation divide, can we bring it down, and is ‘solidarity’ even possible?

Submit a proposal

Conference organizers welcome proposals from PhD. researchers, along with those who work, create or volunteer in the LGBTQIA+ community (including in intersection with other communities or issues).

Proposals for papers, or workshops should be limited to a 300-word abstract and sent, along with a brief bio, by Friday, Feb. 10, to: outsiders_conference@yahoo.com. Papers on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group are welcomed.

For more information

Email outsiders_conference@yahoo.com. Registration will open soon.

Follow the conference on Twitter: @Outsiders2023

Just a bit of whimsy today — a collection of nail polish colors inspired by Virginia Woolf.

One is calledThe London Scene” and is described as “rich medium grey with a distinct urban feel revived by a multi-chromatic blazing hologram.”

The description for the vegan polish, which is part of A England’s Moments with Virginia Woolf collection, quotes Woolf’s The London Scene:

The grey stone, ancient as it is, changes like a live thing under the incessant ripple of changing light

Another polish is simply named after the author and is described as “dark garnet red bursting with blazing hologram.”

More about the Woolf collection

The website describes Woolf’s interest in color this way: “Colour was central to Woolf’s writing, allowing her to seamlessly enhance imagery and represent characters and settings.”

Here are the other colors in the Woolf collection.

  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Orlando
  • The Waves
  • To the Lighthouse
  • Shakespeare’s Sister

Of the six Woolf-inspired nail polish colors listed on the company website, only two seem to be available for purchase. “The London Scene” is priced at £5 and “Virginia Woolf” at £11.50.

For the first time since 2019, Literature Cambridge will hold an in-person  summer course this year, along with a live online course. The topic for both will be Woolf’s Women.

Trudi Tate welcomes students to the Virginia Woolf’s Gardens course at Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge in July 2019.

Two options

  1. Attend the course live online, July 10-14, 2023.
  2. Attend the course in person in Cambridge, July 23-28, 2023.

Women in Woolf’s life and novels

The course will cover some of the fascinating women in Woolf’s life and writing, including Julia Stephen, Vanessa Bell, Ethel Smyth, Pernel Strachey, and Vita Sackville West.

It will focus on five novels: Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, A Room of One’s Own, and Between the Acts.

Lecture topics and field trips

These will include:

Ellie Mitchell, Mrs. Dalloway and her Daughter (1925)
Trudi Tate, Women in To the Lighthouse (1927)
Alison Hennegan, What is a Woman?: Orlando (1928)
Karina Jakubowicz, Women in A Room of One’s Own (1929)
Claire Davison, Between the Acts (1941): Virginia Woolf and Ethel Smyth

Topics will include Mrs. Ramsay, Lily Briscoe, Orlando (as both man and woman), Miss La Trobe, and the idea of “Woman,” women’s education, and more.

Students will also learn about the women’s colleges in Cambridge and the manuscript of a section of A Room of One’s Own, held in the Fitzwilliam Museum. The course held live in Cambridge will visit Girton, Newnham, and the Fitzwilliam Museum

Course booking and accommodations

The course in Cambridge is filling fast. Members of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain may book the conference at the student price. See fees and book the in-person conference here.

Overnight accommodations are booked separately from the course. Organizers have reserved bedrooms at Robinson College. To book, use the code in the Terms and Conditions. However, when I checked today, all accommodations at Robinson were booked up, but that may change.

If Robinson College accommodations are not available, you can reserve a room at another college or at a Cambridge hotel.

For more information

Further information is on the Literature Cambridge website. Or send an email with enquiries to info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

King’s College, Cambridge, July 2019

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