Tuesday, March 28, 2006

On this day in 1941

Virginia Woolf committed suicide on this day in 1941. Her walking stick, found on the banks of the River Ouse, was sold at auction in 2002, and is now part of the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. The spot where she left it when she jumped is included on the literary tours of Rodmell, Sussex.
But eleven years earlier on this day in 1930 she was full into writing The Waves:
I had a day of intoxication...felt the pressure of the form--the splendour & the greatness--as--perhaps, I have never felt them.
A tantalizing spring day ending with tea with Nessa & Angelica and the following observations:
People fight & struggle. Knocking each other off the pavement. Old bareheaded men; a motor car accident: &c. To walk alone in London is the greatest rest.

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