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Blog #216: Sunken Words and “Ozymandias”

Tweet “Ozymandias” I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of sone Stand in the desert…Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on [...]

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Blog #215: the Curious, Concealed Case of the Hindhead Proposal

Tweet The clues are:                  Hindhead                Conan Doyle                Minta Doyle                Hindhead                John Tyndall                Lord Raleigh                Paul Rayley                Hindhead                Stella Duckworth                 Jack Hills  Ponder and follow them for yourself, then read the following account of how my Watsonian fumblings eventually cracked the case.  Once again the game’s afoot.  Maggie Humm’s Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The Private Lives of [...]

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Blog #214: Strengthening the Finlay Macbeth Connection in To the Lighthouse

TweetNaturally, one had asked her to lunch, tea, dinner, finally to stay with them up at Finlay, which had resulted in some friction with the Owl, her mother, and more calling, and more conversation, and more sand, and really at the end of it, she had told enough lies about parrots to last her a [...]

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Blog #213: Cardinal Manning, Leslie Stephen and the Metaphysical Society

TweetFor the last few weeks I have been hard at work editing my blogs and trying to shape them into a coherent whole. Today’s entry is a by-product of my editing efforts, even if instead of editing I’ve been researching again. Avoidance behaviour, yet also productive. Thoughts about Blog #204 and Cardinal Manning caused me [...]

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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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