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Illustration from the original 1933 edition It is universally admitted that the family from which the subject of this memoir claims descent is one of the greatest antiquity — Woolf’s opening sentence, much Austen allusion in this fun book. What is not biography — is nothing at all — Stanislaw Brzozowski Dear friends and readers, […]

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Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina (from the first half of 1948 film, at home — an unfamiliar shot) Gretta Garbo as Anna Karenina (reminiscing in front of Kitty, a fine moment from 1935 film) Friends and readers, Each time one watches a great movie, like each time one reads a great book, one learns more […]

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Vanessa Redgrave as Clarissa Dalloway coming down the stairs (opening of film) Dear friends and readers, I’ve carried on reading Virginia Woolf, and feel I am moving more deeply into what is valuable in her, and seeing what does not quite come up to high excellence: though all she writes has integrity, she can seem […]

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Virginia Woolf, photo by Barbara Strachey (1938) Friends and readers, The second part of Hermione Lee’s biography of Virginia Woolf takes us through the first years of Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s rocky adjustment, her career as a teacher, writer, publisher (with Leonard Woolf, and a lot of help from John Lehman); what was very valuable […]

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Virginia Woolf, a photo taken in 1939 “And the phantom was a woman, and when I came to know her better I called … her the Angel in the House … And when I came to write I encountered her with the very first words…And she made as if to guide my pen … I […]

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The Studio, Vanessa Bell’s Charleston Farmhouse, Sussex Dear friends and readers, I know I told of how on one of my listservs, we are reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace as a group with each of us reading different other related works or watching films; on the other, WWta (Women Writers through the Ages @ Yahoo) […]

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Woolf’s working desk at Monk House Dear friends and readers, I’ve four more sessions to report on from this year’s MLA (see a rejuvenating time, the 18th century, public poetry, audio books, films): two on Virginia Woolf (one with Katherine Mansfield as part of a dual subject), one on Mark Twain and Henry James, and […]

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A Bridge Party by Barbara Loftus (1995?) From A Woman in Berlin (Anonyma), Nina Hoss, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Irm Hermann (German, Max Färberböck 2008) A Syllabus For a course at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at George Mason University Day: Eight Thursdays, 11:50 to 1:15 pm, April 1 to May 20 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, Va […]

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Mecklenburgh Square (in the Bloomsbury area), by Margaret Joliffe (1935) For a 6 week summer course at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at George Mason University Day: Wednesday mid-day, 11:45 am to 1:15 pm, June 24 to July 29 Zoom, Virtual Classroom Institutional location: 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, Va 22032 Dr Ellen Moody Online at: […]

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Ackerley as busy editor of The Listener, nearby Tulip (the movie) For a 4 week summer course at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at American University Day: Monday afternoons, 1:45 to 3:15 pm, June 1 to June 22 Zoom, Virtual Classroom Institutional location: 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20016 Dr Ellen Moody Online at: https://ellenandjim.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/a-spring-syllabus-the-novels-of-e-m-forster-at-olli-at-au/ […]

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