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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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Blog #202: To the Lighthouse Brings Married Love to “Modern Love”

Tweet“She gave him comprehension of the meaning of love: a word in many mouths, not often explained. With her, wound in his idea of her, he perceived it to signify a new start in our existence, a finer shoot of the tree stoutly planted in good gross earth; the senses running their live sap, and [...]

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Blog #201: Bishop in Dove instead of Woolf

Tweet Fathers don’t have to be dynasts to bridge past and future. Through family and family stories, almost every father roots his children to the past while growing different possible futures through present actions. Understanding of “Grape Sherbet” is deepened by the knowledge that Rita Dove’s father was the first black man allowed to work [...]

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Blog #200: On Why Meredith Was Not Allowed to Go the Way of Calprenede and Scudery

TweetWill you at any rate write to me? I hardly think so. You always say you love writing letters, but you never do it. The inconsistency of your sex, I suppose. Yours would be more soothing to read than George Meredith’s. What do you think? I opened that volume just before I left Belsize yesterday, [...]

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Blog #199: A Tragic Digression On A To the Lighthouse Approach

Blog #199: A Tragic Digression On A To the Lighthouse Approach

Tweet One of the best things about research is making unexpected discoveries. The discoveries are not always directly useful, yet for the researcher they can be valuable and deeply moving. This is the story of one such discovery. With the help of AbeBooks, I’ve just obtained a copy of The Life and Letters of Leslie [...]

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Blog #198: Of Seals and Walruses in To the Lighthouse

TweetI read a great deal, I say: all the big books I have read I have read in the country. Besides this I write—with greater ease, at times, than ever in London. But the books are the things that I enjoy—on the whole—most. I feel sometimes for hours together as though the physical stuff of [...]

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Blog #197: George Meredith and Virginia Woolf: The Lark Ascending To the Lighthouse

TweetThe Lark Ascending He rises and begins to round, He drops the silver chain of sound Of many links without a break, In chirrup, whistle, slur and shake, All intervolv’d and spreading wide, Like water-dimples down a tide Where ripple ripple overcurls And eddy into eddy whirls; A press of hurried notes that run So [...]

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Blog #196: Meredith’s “Modern Love” As Macbeth Source For To the Lighthouse

Tweet“And that, perhaps, is not the least merit of such a book as this. It shows us the wrong side of the carpet and, fascinating though the wrong side of things always is, it is also a little crude, and ultimately breeds a keener desire than we were conscious of before to look upon the [...]

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Blog #195: More Meredith Anchor Points in To the Lighthouse

TweetFiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible; Shakespeare’s plays, for instance, seem to hang there complete by themselves. But when the web is pulled askew, hooked up at the edge, torn in the middle, one remembers [...]

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Blog #194: A Letter from George Meredith to Virginia Woolf

TweetIn addition to those contained in The Letters of George Meredith (1912), Virginia had one further letter at her disposal, one sent to her by Meredith on November 22, 1906, two days after the death of Thoby, but not made available to W. M. Meredith when he compiled The Letters. Published by Mohammad Shaheen in [...]

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