Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Everybody should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her prose is haunting and elliptical. Yet no one should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her novels are luminous, airy, even breezy at times, a strangely elegiac look at the crack between the Victorian world she inherited and the modern world she helped create. The heart of her writing is the promise of a whole person behind the mundane details of life, the hope of coherence in the scattered impressions of a moment, a thing that fiction itself too often fails to find. She was a dyed-in-the-wool visionary and an accessible genius, somehow still mired in nineteen-century snobbery. Come join us in this literary seminar through a selection from her works as we discuss, think about, and come to know one of our literature’s greatest minds.

Mark Scarbrough is a former academic and currently writes cookbooks with his partner, Bruce Weinstein. This series is funded by the Friends of the Scoville Library.

March 15:  “Between the Acts”
March 22:  “Flush: A Biography”
March 29:  “Mrs. Dalloway”
April 5:      “The Years” chapters 1880-1911
April 12:    “The Years” chapters 1913-present day
April 19:    “Three Guineas”
April 26:    “To The Lighthouse” chapter 1
May 3:      “To The Lighthouse” chapters 2 & 3

Books will be available for borrowing at the Library on a rolling schedule.  Copies should be available beginning February 15; first come, first served. You may also request to borrow a copy at your local library.  New print copies of these titles are not readily available.

Thursdays, March 15 – May 3, 10 am -12 pm


Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street