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Happy 134th Birthday to Virginia Woolf

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“Words, English words, are full of echoes, memories, associations…” So spake Virginia Woolf, in a 1937 recording for a BBC radio series called Words Fail Me. On January 25, Woolf’s 134th birthday, it’s curious to listen to the physical voice of an author who gave a voice to the voiceless, helping to give birth to an entire literary movement along the way. The recording, an excerpt of a talk titled “Craftsmanship” uncovered in 2013, sounds hauntingly normal for a woman whose imaginative stream-of-consciousness novels have been read by pretty much every high school student in the United States for the past 50 years. On her birthday, it’s worth listening to her musings on the nature of words, which she was…

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Not afraid of Virginia Woolf? 3 Novels to celebrate her birthday

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Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf! You turn 133 on January 25 (which is funny, because you don’t look a day over 125). How can you celebrate the timeless author’s big day? You can read some of her great works, of course. Or, for something a bit different, you can treat yourself to some novels that feature Woolf as a character. Here are some of our favorites: Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar Parmar’s second novel brings the Bloomsbury group to vibrant life. Vanessa and Her Sister is Vanessa Bell’s imagined diary, incorporating letters and telegrams. In 1905, the four Stephen children have recently been orphaned. Vanessa, the eldest, strives to keep the family together in their London home while focusing…

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