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In June, Rohan Maitzen, senior editor at Open Letters Monthly, approached Blogging Woolf. She was seekingnadelwoolf someone to review a new biography of Virginia Woolf.

Zoe Wolstenholme, who joined Blogging Woolf as a contributing writer just this year, readily agreed to review the work by biographer and critic Ira Nadel. Titled Virginia Woolf, it is part of Reaktion Books’ “Critical Lives” series and is included in the University of Chicago Press catalog.

Wolstenholme’s review, “The bowl that one fills and fills,” was published online Oct. 1.

Open Letters Monthly is a monthly arts and literature review with a readership of more than 30,000. The online publication is linked to regularly by Arts & Letters Daily and 3 Quarks Daily, among other sites.

this is truly a Critical Life; the biography focuses on Woolf’s writing and its relationship with both her own and others’ critical thought – Zoe Wolstenholme, “The bowl that one fills and fills,” Open Letters Monthly, Oct. 1, 2016.

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forresterwoolfIn her usual style, Anne Fernald has posted an educated and thoughtful review of Viviane Forrester’s new biography, Virginia Woolf: A Portrait, on the Open Letter Monthly website.


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Another book about Virginia Woolf. But this one is by Alexandra Harris, the brilliant ingenue of modernism and Woolf studies. She is a lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool and the author of Romantic Moderns and Virginia Woolf.

The Daily Mail calls Harris’s Virginia Woolf  a “wonderfully perceptive, unpretentious study which is pacy in style, riveting in content and perfectly accessible to the most obdurate Woolf-avoider.” What’s more, it’s eminently readable at only 180 pages and includes photos.

The review also notes Harris’s focus on Woolf’s creativity and her evolving sense of herself as a writer and says:

Every page of Harris’s insightful book is pervaded by Woolf’s passion for life, her sense of fun and her immense capacity for joy. The ‘mad genius’ and the supercilious snob with the big brain are banished.

That alone should make it worth a read.

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OBAMACOVER_thumbWhenever I read a biography of anyone, but for our purposes — Woolf — I have a little movie in my head of the events that are taking place. I don’t often, however, picture a comic book. A recent article in The Guardian says I might finally get that chance.

For the most recent installments of its “Female Force” series of graphic novel biographies, Bluewater Productions will profile an unlikely pair of female authors: Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling (in separate books, thank goodness). The bios will chronicle each author’s life and unlikely rise to fame.

Previously, “Female Force” has only profiled female political figures, including Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.

Bluewater  is planning to publish biographies of two other prominent female writers for the series, and here’s where it gets interesting. Up for consideration are Tony Morrison, Ayn Rand, Margaret Atwood, Anne Rice, and Virginia Woolf.

Since the Meyer biography is narrated by a vampire, “in a very fun, respectful and unique way,” I’m curious and a little worried to see what they would do with the life of Virginia Woolf. Still, though, wouldn’t it be interesting?

Thanks to @booksin140 for Tweeting the link!

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