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Leslie Stephen and his daughter Virginia Woolf...

Leslie Stephen and his daughter Virginia Woolf 1902 (Photo credit: ADiamondFellFromTheSky)

It’s no wonder that Catherine Hollis noticed when the Nov. 26 edition of the Paris Review included an article on Leslie Stephen as montaineer. After all, she wrote a monograph for Cecil Woolf Publishers published in 2010 titled Leslie Stephen as Mountaineer: Where does Mont Blanc end, and where do I begin?’.

The Paris Review piece, “Peaks and Valleys: Leslie Stephen, Mountaineer,” was written by Alex Siskin, a Hollywood film producer with a passion for Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf and the writing of modernist women, according to Hollis. Thus, one can read a variety of posts on the topic of Virginia Woolf and her father on his blog, zhiv.

Just because Hollis wrote a monograph about Leslie Stephen as mountaineer doesn’t mean she is done with the topic. As part of the writing process, she “stumbled up his routes on Mont Blanc, the Rimpfischorn, the Schreckhorn (partially), the Jungfrau, and others between 2007 and 2011.”

And she has posted some of the stories of her climb on her blog, Downhill All the Way. There, you can experience much of the climb with none of the exertion.

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virginiaplayWoolfians can celebrate Virginia Woolf’s 127th birthday on stage from afternoon to evening on Jan. 25 with performances of Woolf’s own play Freshwater and a staged reading of Edna O’Brien’s award-winning play Virginia.

Virginia will be performed at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Arthur Seelen Theater. Freshwater will begin at 7 p.m. at the at the Julia Miles Theater, 424 West 55th St. Both theaters are in Manhattan.

Get details of the performance of Freshwater, Woolf’s only play, here and here.

O’Brien’s play, Virginia, is a 90-minute exploration of Woolf’s inner life, as well as her relationships with husband Leonard, lover Vita and her writing. It is sponsored by the Drama Book Shop in association with the year-old Shakespeare’s Sister Company.

After the performance,  Anne Fernald, author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader and the literary blog Fernham, will be on hand for a question and answer session. Director Joannie Mackenzie and artistic director Kris Lundberg will join her.

The event is free to the public with a suggested $10 donation in support of the Shakespeare’s Sister Company.

The Arthur Seelen Theatre is located in the basement of the Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St., in Manhattan.

Read Anne’s post about the event here.

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