Archive for January, 2017

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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Blog #193: Glimpses of the Stephen family in the Letters of George Meredith

TweetThe following excerpts provide vivid glimpses of Virginia’s early life. The full letters must have summoned up powerful feelings when she read them in April of 1913. She would have enjoyed catching sight of her parents in the early days of their marriage, and she would have appreciated the interest and support Meredith showed in [...]

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Blog #192: A Preliminary Report on a George Meredith Presence in To the Lighthouse

TweetI’ve never met a writer who didn’t nurse an enormous vanity, which at last made him unapproachable like Meredith whose letters I am reading–who seems to me as hard as an old crab at the bottom of the sea. April 11, 1913 letter to Violet Dickinson This is a teaser post, a trailer for a [...]

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Blog #191: A Violet Lily: Virginia Woolf and Vernon Lee

Tweet “Fresca was baptised in a soapy sea / Of Symonds – Walter Pater – Vernon Lee” T. S. Eliot, from a cancelled draft version of ‘The Fire Sermon’ from “The Waste Land” In a letter of warning to his brother, the philosopher William James, Henry James wrote the following about Violet Lee: “…she is [...]

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