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Andre Gerard‘s three-part essay on Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse is nowto the lighthouse on Berfrois, the UK literary-intellectual online magazine. Here are the links:

  1. Names, Texts and WWI in To the Lighthouse
  2. The Odyssey, The Times and Howard’s End in To the Lighthouse
  3. Virgil, Tolstoy and War in To the Lighthouse

Also on the site is another essay by Gerard, publisher of Patremoir Press: Virginia’s Whipping Boy: The Strange Case of Virginia Woolf and Edmund Gosse

Ultimately, what I want to do is to think about To the Lighthouse as an antiwar novel, and to make the case that it is one of the greatest books ever written about the causes and consequences of war. – Gerard in “Names, Texts and WWI in To the Lighthouse

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Timing is everything. Right?

Well, Woolf lovers, just in time for Father’s Day comes Fathers: A Literary Anthologya collection of poems and essays that explore the idea of fatherhood. Included in the volume are two essays by Virginia, “Leslie Stephen” and “Edmund Gosse.”

Other authors included are Alice Munro, Franz Kafka, E.E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas and E.B. White.

From author Andre Gerard’s introduction:

As Telemachus learns [in The Odyssey], “It’s a wise child who knows its own father,” and it’s a rare child indeed who hasn’t been troubled by trying to make sense of its father, in the flesh or in the spirit. We don’t, it would seem, have to be Hamlets to be troubled by the ghosts of our fathers, living or dead. With the possible exception of mother, father is the most burdened word in our language, containing within it a bewildering profusion of emotions, experiences, understandings, and misunderstandings.

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