Literary Classics

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“Lord, Lord, what a change had come over her!  the softness of motherhood; its egotism too.  Last time they met, Peter remembered, had been among the cauliflowers in the moonlight, the leaves “like rough bronze” she had said, with her literary turn;  and she had picked a rose.  She had marched him up and down that awful night, after the scene by the fountain;  he was to catch the midnight train.  Heavens, he had wept!”  Excerpt from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway 

The literary classics study group will move on from Katherine Mansfield to her friend and sometime publisher Virginia Woolf. We will try to read aloud most of Woolf's 1925 modernist masterpiece Mrs Dalloway, also paying attention to some of Woolf's other writing and her central place in the inter-war 'Bloomsbury Group’.  That was the crème of London’s artistic set of writers, philosophers and fiercely intellectual members that formed a bridge between Victorians and Moderns of the age.  Woolf based many of her characters on real life prototypes addressing the duality of life itself and contradictions between men and women, rich and poor, self and others and finally, life and death.

 (The full text of Mrs Dalloway and other literary classics can be found at Project Gutenberg Australia, a treasure-trove of free literature:   Mrs Dalloway is 125 pages long that you may not want to print but can access on free wifi at cSpace.)

We invite you to join us:

When: Mondays
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Dates: Sept. 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 2
Where: cSpace, Room #310, 1721-29 Ave. SW

William Hatherell, originally from Brisbane, Australia, has an extensive literary background including a master’s degree on the poetry of William Wordsworth from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Australian literature from the University of Queensland.

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