Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Virginia Woolf's Lighthouse

The ongoing battle to save Woolf's lighthouse, or "the lighthouse" at the center of To The Lighthouse. I wondered if this was the trigger for Jeanette Winterson's Lighthousekeeping, which has a rather pointed blend of references to both Marilyn Robinson's Housekeeping, and the Woolf novel. But I digress:
By Chris Court and Sam Marsden, PA
Switching off the lighthouse which inspired novelist Virginia's Woolf's best known work would put lives at risk, protesters claimed today. ...

The octagonal white tower of Godrevy lighthouse, which marks a reef off the Cornwall coast called the Stones, has been in service since 1859 and was automated in 1939.

Woolf’s novel To The Lighthouse drew on memories of childhood holidays spent in St Ives, which overlooks the Godrevy island lighthouse across St Ives bay.

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