[Vwoolf] Fw: Leslie Stephen; TTL As Most Difficult Book
brilett2 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 10 14:46:57 EDT 2012
It seems to me that Leslie Stephen was a man who treated the women he lived
with very differently from those with whom he had professional
relationships. Especially after Julia died, he *was* histrionic, stingy,
and "difficult" at home, and we hear about this most, I suspect, because it
is so much more interesting than the eulogies she wrote about him.
VW's "A Sketch of the Past" in *Moments of Being* is particularly painful
in its revelations about her father. We also get glimpses of her father (in
the character of Mr. Ramsay) in *To the Lighthouse*, which for me gets more
complex every time I read it.
Thanks to all who contribute to this fascinating list.
On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM, Jean Mallinson <annaj at telus.net> wrote:
> Interesting about fathers. I gather -- though I have not yet read it --
> that Patrick Bronte is revealed in a recent biography as a person rather
> different from the one Elizabeth Gaskell depicted in her biography of
> Charlotte.. I am astonished that To the Lighthouse is considered
> "difficult". I wonder what that can mean! I found it lucid from my first
> reading when i was in my twenties.
> Jean Mallinson
> On 9/10/2012 9:46 AM, jeannette smyth wrote:
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> From: jeannette smyth **
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> Subject: Leslie Stephen; TTL As Most Difficult Book
> ** ********
> Dear Friends:
> A cabbages 'n' kings post:
> 1.) King
> All my life I've read of Leslie Stephen as the histrionic, stingy and
> tyrannical father of Virginia Woolf. It is a Rashomon-like reality check
> (and also confirmation of his sexism) to read of him as the humane,
> sardonic and perspicaceous editor who discovered Robert Louis Stevenson.
> 2. Cabbage
> *To the Lighthouse* named one of the top 10 most difficult books of all
> Take care,
> Jeannette Smyth
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