British Public Library introduces Virginia Woolf, the comedian
You may call Virginia Woolf many things "accomplished writer," "feminist," "modernist," "reason you failed AP English," the list goes on. Regardless, it's a safe bet "comedian" isn’t likely to be included; the British Public Library plans on changing that.
The BPL has recently come to possess the last, unpublished writings Woolf. They are not only special though just because they were the last things she penned before her suicide in 1941, but unlike the novels and essays that made her famous -- these texts are meant to be humorous.
So, what are they? Roughly 90 years ago now as a favor to her young nephews she wrote a series of supplements intended for the family newspaper, The Charleston Bulletin. You never imagine that kind of cuteness happening in Woolf’s room of her own -- apparently not only was she nice enough to help out some kids, she was also pretty funny.
Spokespeople for the BPL are calling the writings "mischievous" and comic. She apparently spent a lot of time mocking other writers and family members. Especially after meeting such a tragic end, it’s nice to see such an important figure of 20th century literature in this new light.
The exhibit will open in May. Be on the lookout for one hilarious passage where she does a great job making fun of the cook and her extremely lumpy porridge…guess you had to be there.
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