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I had my interview with K.M[ansfield] on Friday. A steady discomposing formality and coldness at first. No pleasure or excitement of seeing me. It struck me that she is of the cat kind: alien, composed, always solitary & observant. And then we talked about solitude, & I found her expressing my feelings, as I never heard them expressed.
Virginia Woolf's diary, 31 May 1920.

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LeahBergen Oh, yes. 💕 7mo
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Theaelizabet Fascinating. 7mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes @kspenmoll @LeahBergen @kathedron @Theaelizabet They had an interesting friendship! Awkward and some envy (or Woolf had some) but they also understood each other as artists. 7mo
readordierachel Wow 💕 7mo
Liz_M I love the description of "the cat kind". I resemble that remark. ? 7mo
merelybookish @Liz_M I liked it too, and could also identify. 🐱 7mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Have you read Mansfield? I have not yet but feel I need to! 7mo
readordierachel I haven't but I've been meaning to! 7mo
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It's taken more than a month, but I finally finished the first volume of Woolf's letters. These years include the deaths of her father and brother, the formation of the Bloomsbury set, and the beginning of her writing career. It ends the day before she married Leonard Woolf in August 1912 at the age of 30.
Her tone matured a lot over the years. I enjoyed reading about her hopes and struggles with writing. Time for a novel!

merelybookish Yesterday marked the 78th anniversary of Woolf's death. 8mo
batsy Yesterday someone on Instagram posted the final letter she wrote Leonard... 💔💔 8mo
merelybookish @batsy I should see if I can find that. I just read all the letters where she tells her friends she's marrying a Jew but he's really nice. 😒 8mo
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batsy Crikey, and then of course there's that side of her 🤢 8mo
merelybookish @batsy She was ahead of her time. And, she was a product of her time. (Some of her comments about the lower classes are hard to take too.) 8mo
batsy Yes! And her entire Bloomsbury crew were similarly progressive and reactionary in that way. 8mo
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I'm about 80 pages into the first volume of Woolf's diaries. She discusses the weather, household affairs, writing projects, social engagements, etc. And occasionally she drops a witty, astute observation that makes me laugh. Like this little line. 🙂

Libby1 Is the soul of a lake so bad? I can think of some benefits. Interesting! 11mo
readordierachel Funny! 11mo
merelybookish @Libby1 True! Life is probably less angsty! 11mo
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ManyWordsLater Love it. I think saying someone is nice is one of the meanest things you can say. Bounded. Still. Boring. 11mo
merelybookish @ManyWordsLater Yes, nice can be code for dull. 😬 11mo
readinginthedark @ManyWordsLater Tone of voice is definitely important when interpreting the word "nice." ? 11mo
readinginthedark I love Woolf but have never read any of her diaries or letters. I should! 11mo
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The Years | Virginia Woolf
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This late Woolf novel follows members of the Partiger family, jumping from 1880 to 1891 to 1907 and so on, ending around 1937. Along the way, people marry and die, there are big events and small. Always the feeling pervades that we are alone, and connection is elusive. The style and scope is less intimate than Woolf's other novels I've read. Overall, a thoughtful albeit melancholic exploration of time, change and purpose.

merelybookish Not really about a #timewarp but time is close enough right? #musicalnewyear @Cinfhen @vivastory 11mo
Cinfhen Great review!! And that‘s a #timewarp 11mo
batsy I'll never get tired of looking at this cover! 11mo
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vivastory Are you reading all of Virginia Woolf this year? This sounds wonderful I 11mo
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, I'm going to try. I don't expect to read it all but will see how far I get. 11mo
vivastory If I was to spend a year reading only one author, Woolf would definitely be in my top 5 choices 11mo
merelybookish @vivastory I think it was a Litsy meme that planted the seed. If you could only read one writer for a year, who would it be ... Woolf was the obvious answer and then it made me think I'd like to try. 11mo
merelybookish @batsy I like these editions too. I've found a few at Goodwill. One upside/downside is there is no supplementary material. In a way, it removes some of the weight but it also means there's no easy way to learn more about the book. 11mo
batsy Ah, that's a bit of a bummer. I'm a supplementary material nerd, I must admit. It's why I adore the black Penguin Classics 😁 11mo
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Today's #bookmail. 🎉🎉 Things are getting serious!
#virginiaandme #myyearofreadingwoolf

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BarbaraBB There you go! 💕 11mo
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