Had I succeeded in taking my life, this would have been clear. Getting lost while writing about Woolf is easy, because getting lost writing or thinking or reading about the Bloomsbury Group is easy.
A bit overwrought, Morgan? Herewith, a book list large enough to give both newbies to Bloomsbury and old hands material for rumination. Bell was a formalist and champion of the post-Impressionists, defending abstract art in many writings. Who cares if you prefer Howards End? Besides, it is the clearest expression from a Bloomsbury member of the end of the Raj and what that meant to England, to India, and to the world. Fry curated European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from to , before he met the Bells and the Woolfs, but emerged as an integral figure to their group when he and Vanessa had an affair from to His specialty was the Italian Renaissance, but his book on Cezanne is considered definitive.
Highly educated, Leonard Woolf studied Classics at Cambridge and was a member of the Apostles before spending years in Ceylon as a civil servant. Dalloway in the degree to which its aims are achieved; it is superior in the magnitude of the aims themselves. All of them are titles she actually admired or loved; there were plenty of works to which she gave short shrift. Novel reading power is coming back. She was more concerned with excellence than provenance. The only dullness lies in forcing his lines on those not ready for their richness.
Such a diverse set, from evocative literary fiction, to sad memoir, to a recipe collection. Dalloway stream-of-consciousness style. Member of audience: It does seem, from personal experience of the Wheatley books, that I think you hit the nail on the head. The Roger Brooks, particularly.
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If you strip out the history, you really only have a shell. When I was working in Bosnia, the Roger Brook books greatly helped me. Member of audience: I can believe that. And more power to them, if it gets youngsters finding out about these subjects without too much boredom.
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MVJ: There were a few patterns that emerged, but certainly the political interventions stood out…. MC: I got a message from somebody who had just read The Forbidden Territory , and they were expecting certain edits, but they were surprised that you had toned down some of the descriptions of atrocities. Of course he does that! How could he restrain himself? MVJ: Yes, I do see that.
There is that wonderful sort of charm — the outspoken drunk Uncle at a wedding with all of the controversial commentary, and there is a fondness there. I would argue that the novels are still saturated with the Wheatley voice — it is really inescapable, and the characters behave as thinly veiled spokespeople for his views. So what would Dennis say?
Perhaps more importantly, what would I say to Dennis? The notion of reissuing the novels alone is breathing new life into his legacy, so I would hope that a considered amount of nipping and tucking will lead to a new legion of fans. His ultra-rightist politics, racism, homophobia and chauvinism make me wince.
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This said, i feel that editing his works and dialogue in order to pander to political correctness is ridiculous. The example cited in the above article — a revolting word for people of African ancestry — is a case in point. I personally do not use it, but I am aware of the fact it was used at the time Twain was writing.
Surely an adult reading books from a past era should be capable of realizing that the work was written at a time when attitudes were different, and make allowances accordingly. The Bible, where the Israelites and the Egyptians were the best of friends, and Jesus was given ten hours community service rather than being crucified?
Wheatley was a writer of his time. The people too stupid to make the adjustment when reading him will probably be repelled by the lack of pictures in the books and the long words, and this reissue will be a commercial disaster. Thank you for your comments, and welcome to the conversation. The edits were requested by the Wheatley family, so the mission was to work through the novels for pace and style and in order to attract a new, contemporary readership.
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All dialogue remains intact, to reflect accurate speech and opinions of the time. We appreciate that these changes will not suit everyone, but were careful not to alter the meaning or context of the novels, merely to streamline for a pacier read. Thanks for the interesting interview, but I have to say, it genuinely makes me feel sick to hear of people abridging novels like this to make money. Absolutely disrespectful to the author and his readers. Thank you for your comments. The racially-charged nature of the works remain absolutely intact as an accurate reflection of the authorial attitude and of a bygone era.
One racial epithet was updated by request of the Wheatley family so as not to perpetuate or support a narrative no longer appropriate. The majority of the editing concerned pace only, not rewriting attitudes to race.
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