Mrs Dalloway Day 4 – The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Mrs Dalloway Day 4 – The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham, The Hours (Fourth Estate: 2003, 9781841150352) I hope you had a good Dalloway Day yesterday and on Monday. I did promise a Dalloway week so I thought I’d expand the Dalloway horizon today. Meet, or revisit, The Hours by Michael Cunningham. The book is a/n(?) homage, or reworking, of Mrs Dalloway. In the [...]

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Day 3 – A Passage

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Day 3 – A Passage

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925) Happy Dalloway Day, again, on this Wednesday in the middle of June. In England, a bit warm, as fresh as Clarissa’s morning in the book. Today I bring you a passage I hope you will enjoy. This is Clarissa Dalloway recalling being eighteen and in love with her friend Sally. [...]

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Day 2 – Plot and Style

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Day 2 – Plot and Style

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925) “If Woolf was better acquainted with profound sorrow than most, she was also, by some mysterious manifestation of will, better than almost anyone at conveying the pure joy of being alive. The quotidian pleasure of simply being present in the world.” – Michael Cunningham Mrs Dalloway follows Clarissa Dalloway as [...]

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Day 1 – Dalloway Day

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Day 1 – Dalloway Day

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925) Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway is set in London on a Wednesday in the middle of June in 1923, which would make the date June 13th. While Bloomsday (which celebrates James Joyce’s Ulysses) is widely celebrated every year, Dalloway Day is a far more modest affair. There are events to mark [...]

The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star (Penguin Classics: 2014, 9780141392035) Clarice Lispector was born in 1920 in Ukraine but fled Brazil post WW1 in 1922 and considered herself Brazilian. The Hour of the Star, published in 1977, follows Macabéa, a poor woman from the northeast living in Rio de Janeiro in (presumably) the 70s. [...]

First Lines Wednesday – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

First Lines Wednesday – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot, Collected Poems, 1909-62 (Faber & Faber: 1963, 9780571055494) The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Let us go then, you and I,When the evening is spread out against the skyLike a patient etherized upon a table;Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,The muttering retreatsOf restless nights in one-night cheap hotelsAnd sawdust restaurants [...]

First Lines Wednesday – This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams

First Lines Wednesday – This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams

Edited by Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter, Jon Stallworthy, The Norton Anthology of Poetry (W. W. Norton & Company: 2005, 9780393979206) This Is Just To Say I have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe icebox and whichyou were probablysavingfor breakfast Forgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so cold First Lines Wednesday – Plums are the new apples? Is [...]