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Thanks to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain for this news about co-founder and member Stuart N. Clarke.

Co-founder of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, Stuart N. Clarke has been made an Honorary Fellow by the Centre for Modernist Cultures at the University of Birmingham `in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the study of Virginia Woolf.’

Work on Woolf

His work on Woolf is considerable. Well before the founding of the VWSGB, Stuart self-published Orlando: The Holograph Draft (1993). He assisted B. J. Kirkpatrick to compile the fourth edition of A Bibliography of Virginia Woolf (1997), an arduous and multifaceted task.

In 1999, he started the Virginia Woolf Bulletin for the VWSGB and was its chief editor for the first 70 issues, supplying much of the content, including full-length papers featuring original research and many of the fascinating ‘Notes and Queries’ articles.

Also for the organization, Stuart produced an edition of Virginia Woolf and S. S. Koteliansky’s Translations from the Russian, which had not been reprinted since the Hogarth Press originals of 1922 and 1923.

Apart from his work for the Society, Stuart has edited and annotated volumes five and six of Woolf’s Essays (Hogarth Press, 2009 and 2011), A Room of One’s Own with David Bradshaw (Shakespeare Head Press, 2015), and Jacob’s Room for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Clarke’s assiduous tracing of references has been especially significant in establishing the extent and complex character of Woolf’s political engagement. – Center for Modernist Studies, University of Birmingham

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Common reader Nell Toemen had a real “Woolf-week” in January by first traveling to Oslo, Norway, to visit the opening of Ane Thon Knutsen’s PhD. Exhibition, “The Mark on the Wall, and then traveling to London for Virginia Woolf’s Birthday Lecture by Stuart Clarke.

She shared her impression of Ane’s exhibit with Blogging Woolf. We are happy to include it as follows:

Nell’s first-hand impression of Ane’s exhibit

First there was some of her ‘Woolf-work’ in the Oslo National Academy of the Arts reflecting process, research, previous work and documentation). That same evening there was the official opening of the major installation of “The Mark on the Wall” in Kunstnernes Hus, an art institution in the centre of Oslo.

It was a surprise, this major installation, the result of Ane’s enormous work of typesetting and printing during last autumn as one could see on her website. It was really impressive: entering the room and wherever you looked words, words, punctuation marks and words.

Woolf’s first publication in Hogarth Press, the complete short story “The Mark on the Wall” handprinted on I don’t know how many papers, white and off-white, neatly arranged so as to fill all the walls. If you would walk the room in eleven rounds you would be able to read the whole story. Reading it this way is an absolutely different experience than reading the story in a book.

It was worth the journey.

Nell’s photos

Below are the photos Nell sent Blogging Woolf to help readers get a better idea of the installation’s impact.

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New work from Virginia Woolf will be out this summer. The work appeared in The Charleston Bulletin, a family newspaper founded by her Charleston Bulletinnephews, Quentin and Julian Bell, in the summer of 1923.

The vignettes, written or dictated by Woolf between 1923 and 1927 and published in The Charleston Bulletin’s Supplements, describe incidents and individuals of Woolf’s family and household, including servants and members of the Bloomsbury Group. Quentin Bell provided the illustrations.

An article in The Guardian says Woolf’s writing in these supplements shows her “affectionate, mischievous side.”

Helen Melody, curator of modern literary manuscripts at the British Library, says the work is likely the last unpublished work of Woolf.

Yet Stuart N. Clarke, editor of The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Vol 5. and a member of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, maintains that each issue of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin includes at least one previously unpublished letter by Woolf. They include letters to Lady Aberconway, Mrs Easdale and Winifred Holtby.  Clarke says the Bulletin will soon include a number of letters written by Woolf to Lady Colefax.

The British Library, which acquired the works in 2003, will publish The Charleston Bulletin Supplements for the first time this June.

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It’s over now, but if you had the opportunity to see A Good Day: Love, Death and Virginia Woolf on stage at the Royal Northern College of Music Studio Theater in Manchester, England, it seems likely you would have given it a good rating.

Remotegoat did. The UK site gave the play four stars.

Reviewer Frank Hill’s overwhelmingly positive response can be summed up by this statement: “A Good Day tackles a difficult subject, but with a strong cast and sensitive direction from Helen Perry this proved to be a reflective and thoughtful evening at the theatre, which, like the author’s work itself, raises as many questions as it answers.”

Stuart N. Clarke, regular poster to the VW Listserv, keeper of an extensive Woolf and Bloomsbury bibliography, and editor of volumes five and six of The Essays of Virginia Woolf, was in the audience. In an early morning message to the list, he complimented the poetic quality of the script and the fact that it presented Woolf as a great writer.

The new play, described as a dramatic love story that gives a mesmerising and compelling view of Woolf’s final hours, according to producers Brian M Clarke and Tom Elliott, was produced in honor of the 70th anniversary of Woolf’s death.

The play had a short run, April 14-16, and was promoted by Beat Productions.

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essaysofvirginiawoolf12Anyone wondering when The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Volume VI will be out in print may be interested in the following news from editor Stuart N. Clarke.

  • Volume VI is currently in the hands of the Random House copy-editor, and the estimated publication date is January 2011.
  • There will be an Appendix in Volume VI of Additions and Corrections to Volumes I–V, mainly restricted to identifying sources of ‘recalcitrant’ quotations and listing errors in Woolf’s texts.
  • The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Volume 5: 1929 – 1932, edited by Clarke, is available now at a cost of £30. To order a copy, click here. Read the review in the Times Literary Supplement.

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