Archive for July, 2012

Blog # 60: Further Lighthouse name games: Mr. Ramsay and William Bankes

TweetI’ve been having further thoughts about possible antecedents for Mr. Ramsay and Mr. Bankes. Some of the thoughts are triggered by wondering about why particular names were chosen. Seeing Sir William Ramsay and Frank Ramsey in Mr Ramsay deepens semes of chemistry, mathematics and philosophy in the novel, but might there be more to Mr. [...]

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Blog #59: Pharos Lighthouse: Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster

TweetA lighthouse was a necessity. The coast of Egypt is, in its western section, both flat and rocky, and ships needed a landmark to show them where Alexandria lay, and a guide through the reefs that block her harbours. Pharos was the obvious site, because it stood in front of the city ; and on [...]

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Blog #58: Virginia’s Mystic Lighthouse: Virginia Woolf and Caroline Stephen

TweetHave you ever seen a revolving lighthouse at night from across the sea, with its steadfast light alternately hidden and displayed? Have you watched the faint spark as it glows into splendour for a few seconds and then fades away again into darkness? And have you considered how the very fact of its intermittency is [...]

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Blog #57: Great Scott! More Scott: To the Lighthouse and The Antiquary

Tweet“Father finished Esmond to us this evening—His present for me came—Lockhart’s Life of Scott—in a great brown paper parcel—I expected on huge closely printed book, but instead hold 10 beautiful little blue and brown gilt leathered backs, big print, and altogether luxurious, The nicest present I have had yet” This blog, stitched together, as it [...]

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Blog #56: A Gothic Lighthouse: Virginia Woolf and Sir Walter Scott

Tweet“Gradually all my presents have arrived—Fathers Lockhart came the evening I wrote to you—ten most exquisite little volumes, half bound in purple leather, with gilt scrolls and twirls and thistles everywhere, and a most artistic blue and brown mottling on their other parts. So my blinded eyesight is poring more than ever over miserable books—only [...]

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Blog #55: A Tendentious Lighthouse: Virginia Woolf and Marie Carmichael Stopes

TweetI’ve been talking to the younger generation all afternoon. They are like crude hard green apples: no halo, mildew, or blight. Seduced at 15, life has no holes or corners for them. I admire, but deplore. Such an old maid, they make me feel. ‘And how do you manage not- not- not to have children?’ [...]

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