10 March 2007

Hyde Park Gate News

This gem of Bloomsbury juvenilia was hidden for years in the British Library's Department of Manuscripts. It comes to us now in a beautiful paperback edition with full scholarly notes and some contemporary photographs. It's a compilation of family 'newspapers' written by Virginia Woolf (then Virginia Stephen) with her sister Vanessa and brother Thoby. What makes it of interest for Woolf scholars and readers is that it deals with the small events of domestic life out of which she was later to make so much imaginative use. It's a mixture of letters, stories, advice columns, answers to questions, and reports on family events - all retailed in a satirical and parodic fashion, The style is modelled on Tit Bits, which had been launched in 1881 and established a weekly circulation of around 500,000 ... Read more >>


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