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Martin Ferguson Smith

1. “Suicidal mania” In the summer of 1913, about a year after her marriage to Leonard Woolf (10 August 1912), Virginia Woolf suffered a serious nervous breakdown. It was by no means the first such episode, and it was not to be the last. Her mental instability is likely to have had a genetic origin, 1 but to have been aggravated by events in her childhood and young adulthood, including the deaths of her mother, Julia Stephen, in 1895, her half-sister Stella Hills née Duckworth in 1897, and her

in In and out of Bloomsbury
Yoshiki Tajiri

Ordinary objects in Woolf and Beckett 135 6 Trauma and ordinary objects in Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett Yoshiki Tajiri Introduction: trauma and everyday life While trauma studies and everyday life studies may be deemed two of the most salient trends in literary studies since the 2000s, they do not often seem to intersect with each other.1 Current trauma studies began to flourish in the mid-1990s mainly through deconstructionists’ attempts to re-engage with history, though the notion of trauma itself was elaborated in psychiatry and psychoanalysis from

in Samuel Beckett and trauma
Martin Ferguson Smith

1. Introduction The last book by Virginia Woolf to appear in her lifetime was a biography of the artist and art critic Roger Fry, 1 fellow “Bloomsberry” and close friend from 1911 until his death, which, according to her own account, affected her more deeply than that of any other friend. 2 The work, her only book-length biography, was published on 25 July 1940. 3 The writing of it did not come easily to her, and she was worried about the reception it would receive from reviewers

in In and out of Bloomsbury
Martin Ferguson Smith

taken at Costi, 60 while Leonard and Roger played chess. It was nearly midnight when she stopped. 28 Leonard Woolf, Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry, and Margery Fry at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, 8 May 1932. Monday 9 May To the Acropolis in the morning. The Woolfs left Athens (Larissa Station) for Paris by train at 13.50. The Frys remained in Greece for a few more days, probably until 12 or 13 May

in In and out of Bloomsbury
David Trotter

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Bloomsbury attitudes to the Great War
Author: Jonathan Atkin

The Great War still haunts us. This book draws together examples of the ‘aesthetic pacifism’ practised during the Great War by such celebrated individuals as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon and Bertrand Russell. It also tells the stories of those less well known who shared the attitudes of the Bloomsbury Group when it came to facing the first ‘total war’. The five-year research for this study gathered evidence from all the major archives in Great Britain and abroad in order to paint a complete picture of this unique form of anti-war expression. The narrative begins with the Great War's effect on philosopher-pacifist Bertrand Russell and Cambridge University.

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Legacies and afterlives

This book charts the vast cultural impact of Charlotte Bronte since the appearance of her first published work, Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. It highlights the richness and diversity of the author's legacy, her afterlife and the continuation of her plots and characters in new forms. The most well known and well regarded of the three sisters during the Victorian period, Charlotte Bronte bequeathed a legacy which is more extensive and more complex than the legacies of Emily Bronte and Anne Bronte. The book shows how Bronte's cultural afterlife has also been marked by a broad geographical range in her consideration of Bronte-related literary tourism in Brussels. It is framed by the accounts of two writers, Elizabeth Gaskell and Virginia Woolf, both of whom travelled to Yorkshire to find evidence of Charlotte Bronte's life and to assess her legacy as an author. The book focuses upon Bronte's topical fascination with labour migration for single, middle-class women in the light of the friendship and correspondence with Mary Taylor. Recent works of fiction have connected the Brontes with the supernatural. The book explores Bronte biodrama as a critically reflexive art: a notable example of popular culture in dialogue with scholarship, heritage and tourism. The Professor and Jane Eyre house the ghost of an original verse composition, whose inclusion allows both novels to participate together in a conversation about the novel's capacity to embody and sustain a lyric afterlife. A survey of the critical fortunes of Villette is also included.

Biographical essays on twentieth-century writers and artists

The book contains eleven essays, with an introduction and index. Six of the essays focus chiefly on four pivotal members of the influential “Bloomsbury Group” – the artists Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell, the art critic Clive Bell, and the writer Virginia Woolf. Significant new light is shed on them, partly through the presentation of previously unpublished pictures, photographs, and texts, partly through the fresh examination of relevant manuscripts and images. At the same time the life and work of Fry’s wife, the artist Helen Coombe, and her feminist friend the suffragette-supporting inspector of prisons Mary Louisa Gordon, who were never “Bloomsberries”, receive close attention. The five non-Bloomsbury essays too are based on primary source-materials, including previously unpublished texts and images. The first presents thirteen letters from the British writer Rose Macaulay to the Irish poet and novelist Katharine Tynan. It is followed by two essays about the prodigious teenage talents and achievements of Dorothy L. Sayers, destined for fame as a detective novelist and religious writer. The penultimate piece is about the exotic origin and eventful life of Richard Williams Reynolds, who taught J. R. R. Tolkien at school; and the last illuminates the artist Tristram Hillier and especially the personally and professionally important first visit he made to Portugal in 1947. The collection combines homogeneity and variety, and this combination contributes to a rich and balanced picture of the cultural scene in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Virginia Woolf’s Common Reader essays and the legacy of women’s life writing
Susan Civale

Coda: Virginia Woolf’s Common Reader essays and the legacy of women’s life writing A lthoug h Virgin ia Wool f oc c u pies a longstanding and uncontested place in the canon of British novelists, her reception as a writer of non-fiction has been more precarious. Like Mary Wollstonecraft and countless other women of the long nineteenth century who cut their writing teeth on the anonymous pages of the periodical press, Woolf the essayist, both in her lifetime and afterwards, underwent periods of obscurity, fame and critical neglect.1 Recent interest in her non

in Romantic women’s life writing
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Vincent Quinn

common cold’? 1 The literary-critical concept of ‘the common reader’ participates in this force-field of social and linguistic associations, and its applications and meanings are correspondingly complex. With an ancestry that stretches back to Samuel Johnson and Virginia Woolf, the underlying idea appears simple: appeals to ‘the common reader’ are a way of acknowledging the judgement of a literate but non-specialist person who stands apart from the world of professional critics and whose verdict is said to be the ultimate arbiter of literary value. It is an

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