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.