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Blog #212: A Katherine Pedigree for Virginia’s Manx Cat

Tweet If by good luck there had been an ash-tray handy, if one had not knocked the ash out of the window in default, if things had been a little different from what they were, one would not have seen, presumably, a cat without a tail. The sight of that abrupt and truncated animal padding [...]

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Blog #211: Strange ghosts, [A Secret Sisterhood], and Lighthouse Bliss

Tweet(But while I try to write, I am making up “To the Lighthouse”—the sea is to be heard all through it. I have an idea that I will invent a new name for my books to supplant “novel”. A new—by Virginia Woolf. But what? Elegy?) Saturday 27 June 1925 Katherine Mansfield. Katherine Mansfield. At long [...]

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Blog #210 Meredith Housekeeping

TweetI’ve just realized that I never posted a full blog version of the Meredith talk which I gave last year at the International Virginia Woolf Conference in Reading. Two slightly different expanded versions of that talk can be found at the following sites: https://www.berfrois.com/2017/07/andre-gerard-meredithian-reading-lighthouse/ https://www.academia.edu/35623776/A_Meridithian_Reading_of_To_the_Lighthouse.rtf

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Blog #209: The Lighthouses of Charles Baudelaire and Virginia Woolf

Tweet Les Phares Rubens, fleuve d’oubli, jardin de la paresse, Oreiller de chair fraîche où l’on ne peut aimer, Mais où la vie afflue et s’agite sans cesse, Comme l’air dans le ciel et la mer dans la mer; Léonard de Vinci, miroir profond et sombre, Où des anges charmants, avec un doux souris Tout [...]

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Blog #208: To the Lighthouse From An Island, Anny Thackeray’s Freshwater Lighthouse

TweetA second Isle of Wight epiphany. This time not in Dimbola, but four hundred yards away in the picturesque, thatch roofed church of St. Agnes. On the east wall of the church is a simple plaque which reads: “In loving memory of ANNE ISABELLA RITCHIE, wife of SIR RICHMOND RITCHIE, K.C.B.I.S.O, DAUGHTER OF William Makepeace [...]

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Blog #207: Wight Skye: Seeing Isle to Isle in To the Lighthouse

Tweet To the Lighthouse has changed yet again. Nothing is simply one thing. This time, travel, not reading, has re-visioned the book. A summer visit to the Isle of Wight has, breathtakingly, blindingly, opened new tunnels and reconfigured old ones. How to convey the excitement? How to share my wonder? Beneath the Isle of Skye, [...]

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Blog #206: Cornering Beckwith and MacAlister in To the Lighthouse

TweetTime to deliver on my promise to further examine the Macalister and Beckwith names. Not an easy task, as my conjectures regarding these names are even wilder and more tendentious than those relating to Father McNabb. At least with Father McNabb, I have strong, even if circumstantial, evidence that Virginia would have known about him. [...]

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Blog #205: Finding a Kennedy candidate for To the Lighthouse

Tweet    War is only glorious when you buy it in the Daily Mail and enjoy it at the breakfast table. It goes splendidly with bacon and eggs. Real war is the final limit of damnable brutality, and that’s all there is in it.  It’s about the silliest, filthiest most inhumanly fatuous thing that ever [...]

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Blog #204: Reaching “Time Passes” by way of Ditchling and Father Vincent McNabb

Blog #204: Reaching “Time Passes” by way of Ditchling and Father Vincent McNabb

Tweet                       Stone the crows, I’m back to names again. More specifically, I’m back to Mrs. McNabb. Lord love a duck! Five years ago, when I first indulged in what I then called “wild and tendentious” speculations about Mrs. McNabb, I was led on by [...]

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Blog #203: Elementary My Dear Woolf: The Case for Seeing Arthur Conan Doyle in To the Lighthouse

TweetIn a very early Woolf blog, I fancifully suggested that Minta Doyle’s surname might be a tribute to Scottish born Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The statement was a rather wild one, given that other than the name itself I had no clues to lead me in that direction. There was seemingly no reason for an [...]

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