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Amazing Google Doodles for Tolstoy’s 186th Birthday

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Open Culture uncovers this fantastic photo of Virginia Woolf playing cricket with her sister, the celebrated artist Vanessa Bell, who illustrated some of Woolf’s books.
Woolf remembers:

Scenes, I note, seldom illustrate my relation with Vanessa; it has been too deep for ‘scenes’. Vanessa and I were both what we call tomboys; that is, we played cricket, scrambled over rocks, climbed trees, were said not to care for clothes and so on.
Until she was fifteen indeed, she was outwardly sober and austere, the most trustworthy, and always the eldest; sometimes she would lament her “responsibilities”. But beneath the serious surface … there burnt also the…passion for art. …Once I saw her scrawl on a black door a great maze of lines, with white chalk. “When I am a famous painter-” she began, and then turned shy and rubbed it out in her capable way…She was awkward as a long-legged colt.

Woolf, of course, was more than a tomboy. 
Pair with this lovely children’s book about Woolf and Bell, then see Woolf’s witty family newspaper, which she created in collaboration with her nephews, Bell’s two teenage sons. 

explore-blog:

Open Culture uncovers this fantastic photo of Virginia Woolf playing cricket with her sister, the celebrated artist Vanessa Bell, who illustrated some of Woolf’s books.

Woolf remembers:

Scenes, I note, seldom illustrate my relation with Vanessa; it has been too deep for ‘scenes’. Vanessa and I were both what we call tomboys; that is, we played cricket, scrambled over rocks, climbed trees, were said not to care for clothes and so on.

Until she was fifteen indeed, she was outwardly sober and austere, the most trustworthy, and always the eldest; sometimes she would lament her “responsibilities”. But beneath the serious surface … there burnt also the…passion for art. …Once I saw her scrawl on a black door a great maze of lines, with white chalk. “When I am a famous painter-” she began, and then turned shy and rubbed it out in her capable way…She was awkward as a long-legged colt.

Woolf, of course, was more than a tomboy

Pair with this lovely children’s book about Woolf and Bell, then see Woolf’s witty family newspaper, which she created in collaboration with her nephews, Bell’s two teenage sons. 


LITERATURE MEME  - [1/2] MODERNIST PERIOD: Nineteen Eighty-Four, GEORGE ORWELL 

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
LITERATURE MEME  - [1/2] MODERNIST PERIOD: Nineteen Eighty-Four, GEORGE ORWELL 

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”


A bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, the literary town of Wales, which is world renown for used books. This shop is housed in a converted church. (Photo credit: maisiewilliams)

A bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, the literary town of Wales, which is world renown for used books. This shop is housed in a converted church. (Photo credit: maisiewilliams)

“There is a world which poets cannot seem to enter. It is the world everybody else lives in. And the only thing poets seem to have in common is their yearning to enter this world.”
Mary Ruefle, “Someone Reading a Book is a Sign of Order in the World”

George Orwell: 1984: Original corrected manuscript - completed December 1948

George Orwell: 1984: Original corrected manuscript - completed December 1948