Woolf Sightings and Citings a Perennial Pursuit

Compiling references to Virginia Woolf from my reading is a never-ending adventure. It never ends because Woolf’s appearance in contemporary fiction, memoirs, essays and more, shows no sign of lessening, and it never ends for me because I continue to be fascinated with this phenomenon. I can’t think of anyone mentioned more than Woolf except perhaps Shakespeare. My 2010 monograph, Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction, included 37 references from fiction; since then I’ve brought the total to 63.

These sightings make up the majority of my posts as a regular contributor to BloggingWoolf. This past week I noted my latest findings, one in a delightful story, “Festival of the Immortals,” by Helen Simpson, and a couple more in the world-within-a-world of literary journals.


About Alice Lowe

I am a freelance writer, avid reader and Virginia Woolfophile in San Diego, California. I have published essays and reviews about Virginia Woolf, including "Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction," a monograph in the Bloomsbury Heritage Series published in 2010 by Cecil Woolf Publishers, London. My personal essays have appeared and are forthcoming in numerous literary journals and can be followed on my blog: www.aliceloweblogs.wordpress.com.
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