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"...of all our pleasures those we get from the great artists are indisputably among the best..."
-Virginia Woolf, "Hours in a Library"

The Maeve Butler Beck Virginia Woolf/Bloomsbury Collection was a gift of longtime Libraries supporter Cornelia W. Ooms Beck, in honor of her husband's first wife Maeve Butler Beck (1919-1979), a Woolf admirer to whom the volumes originally belonged. The collection consists of eighty-one items: 1940s and 50s American editions of the novels, nonfiction works, letters and diaries of Virginia Woolf; American editions of the works of Lytton Strachey and E.M. Forster; biographies and critical studies of Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Dora Carrington and Lady Ottoline Morrell; and memoirs (of Leonard Woolf, Gerald Brennan, Bertrand Russell and Nigel Nicholson) that illuminate the Bloomsbury milieu. A complete list of the collection is given below.

In addition to the donation of the volumes, Mrs. Beck's gift will fund their cataloging and preservation. The gift will also allow the Libraries to add materials to the Beck collection, to support the acquisition of expensive resources for the circulating collection (like microfilmed Woolf manuscripts) and to program guest lectures.

The circulating collection of Wilson Library contains extensive holdings relating to Virginia Woolf and the social and literary milieu in which she moved and wrote.



Tate Online

Biographies of Roger Fry, the Bells, Duncan Grant, Lytton Strachey and others of the Bloomsbury Group, as well as a timeline, and samples of Omega workshop and Hogarth Press designs. Copiously illustrated with photographs and painted portraits.

Collections & Exhibits

Bloomsbury: Books, Art & Design: Victoria University Library, Toronto, 10/20/97-12/20/97

An exhibition commemorating Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman and the twenty-fifth anniversary of her founding of the Virginia Woolf/Hogarth Press/Bloomsbury Collection at Victoria University Library. The site features artwork of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Dora Carrington, Roger Fry and others, along with Hogarth Press dust jackets and illustrations.

National Portrait Gallery: Woolf Portraits

Britain's National Portrait Gallery presents 56 photographic and painted portraits of Virginia Woolf, ranging from the teenage images taken by Charles Beresford, to wartime garden party snapshots by Lady Ottoline Morrell and the 1930s portraits by Gisele Freund.

Works & Texts

University of Adelaide Library

Complete e -texts of Woolf's collected works, from The Voyage Out (1915) to The Haunted House and Other Stories (1944).

Major Authors on CD-ROM: Virginia Woolf
The complete works of Virginia Woolf, including variant and hard-to-find editions. Over 12,000 manuscript images from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection at the New York Public Library and the Monks House Papers at the University of Sussex. Also includes a 1937 interview/reading for the BBC, the only recording Woolf made.

TC Wilson Library PR6045 .O72x 1997


The International Virginia Woolf Society

Comprehensive site of the MLA-allied organization, featuring a comprehensive and up-to-date Woolf studies bibliography, information on conferences and calls for papers, a listserv and extensive links to important research collections and dealers in rare books.

The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain

Publisher of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin, and host and publisher of the Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lectures. The site presents a helpful short biography, photographs of Bloomsbury homes and haunts, as well as offering for sale copies of the Birthday Lectures by noted scholars like Lyndall Gordon and Julia Briggs.

Virginia Woolf Society of Japan

Established in 1977 and publisher of the annual Virginia Woolf Review, the VWSJ counts 200 members and holds regular autumn conferences.


The Hours (2002)

Plot summary, actor profiles, reviews, shooting locations and other information on the 2002 film version of Michael Cunningham's novel The Hours, a homage to Woolf works that includes a Woolf storyline that recreates her struggle to write Mrs. Dalloway.


BBC - Seven minute clip from the 1937 interview/reading.


Titles listed alphabetically by author.

  1. Bell, Anne Oliver (ed.) The diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. I New York, 1977
  2. Bell, Anne Oliver (ed.) The diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. II New York, 1977
  3. Boyd, Elizabeth French. Bloomsbury Heritage. New York, 1976
  4. Brenan, Gerald. Personal Record. New York, 1975
  5. Brewster, Dorothy. Virginia Woolf. New York, 1962
  6. Darroch, Sandra Jobson. Ottoline. New York, 1975
  7. Dickson, Lovat. Radclyffe Hall at the Well etc. New York, 1975
  8. Forster, E.M. A Passage to India. New York, 1924
  9. Forster, E.M. A Room with a View. New York, ----
  10. Forster, E.M. Abinger Harvest. New York, 1964
  11. Forster, E.M. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson. New York, 1934
  12. Forster, E.M. Howards End. New York, ----
  13. Forster, E.M. The Longest Journey. New York, 1953
  14. Forster, E.M. Two Cheers for Democracy. New York, 1951
  15. Gadd, David. The Loving Friends. New York, 1974
  16. Garnett, David (ed.) Carrington. New York, 1971
  17. Gathorne-Hardy, R. Ottoline at Garsington. New York, 1975
  18. Heilbrun, Carolyn G. Lady Ottoline's Album. New York, 1976
  19. Holroyd, Michael. Lytton Strachey, vol. I. New York, 1968
  20. Holroyd, Michael. Lytton Strachey, vol. II. New York, 1968
  21. Holroyd, Michael. Unreceived Opinions. New York, 1973
  22. Johnstone, J.K. The Bloomsbury Group. New York, 1963
  23. Kennedy, Richard. A Boy at the Hogarth Press. New York, 1978
  24. Lehmann, John. In My Own Time. New York, 1969
  25. Lehmann, John. Virginia Woolf and her World. New York, 1975
  26. Lewis, Thomas (ed.) Virginia Woolf, A Collection of Criticism (2 copies). New York, 1975
  27. Moody, A.D. Virginia Woolf. Edinburgh, 1963
  28. Nathan, Monique. Virginia Woolf. New York, 1961
  29. Nicolson, Nigel (ed.) Harold Nicolson, Diaries etc., vol. III. New York, 1968
  30. Nicolson, Nigel (ed.) The Letters of Virginia Woolf, vol. I. New York, 1975
  31. Nicolson, Nigel (ed.) The Letters of Virginia Woolf, vol. II. New York, 1976
  32. Nicolson, Nigel (ed.) The Letters of Virginia Woolf, vol. III. New York, 1977
  33. Nicolson, Nigel (ed.) The Letters of Virginia Woolf, vol. IV. New York, 1978
  34. Nicolson, Nigel. Portait of a Marriage. New York, 1973
  35. Noble, Joan Russell. Recollections of Virginia Woolf. New York, 1972
  36. Pickering, George. Creative Malady. New York, 1974
  37. Pippett, Aileen. The Moth and the Star (biogr. VW). New York, 1957
  38. Rose, Phyllis. "Virginia Woolf". (Partisan Review 1978)
  39. Rose, Phyllis. Woman of Letters. New York, 1978
  40. Russell, Bertrand. Autobiography, 1872-1914. New York, 1967
  41. Russell, Bertrand. Autobiography, 1914-1944. New York, 1968
  42. Russell, Bertrand. Autobiography, 1944-1969. New York, 1969
  43. Sackville West, V. Pepita. New York, 1937
  44. Spater, G. and Parsons. A Marriage of True Minds. New York, 1977
  45. Stevens, Michael. V. Sackville West. New York, 1974
  46. Strachey, Lytton. Elizabeth and Essex. New York, 1956
  47. Strachey, Lytton. Eminent Victorians. New York, ----
  48. Strachey, Lytton. Literary Essays. New York, ----
  49. Strachey, Lytton. Queen Victoria. New York, 1921
  50. Sutton, Denys. Letters of Roger Fry, vol. 2. New York, 1972
  51. Tait, Katharine. My Father, Bertrand Russell. New York, 1975
  52. Woolf, Leonard. Beginning Again (1911-1918). New York, 1964
  53. Woolf, Leonard. Downhill All the Way (1919-1939). New York, 1967
  54. Woolf, Leonard. The Journey … Matters (1939-1969). New York, 1969
  55. Woolf, Virginia. "Women Must Weep" (The Atlantic, May and June 1938)
  56. Woolf, Virginia. A Haunted House. New York, 1944
  57. Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. New York, 1957
  58. Woolf, Virginia. A Writer's Diary. New York, 1954
  59. Woolf, Virginia. Between the Acts. New York, 1941
  60. Woolf, Virginia. Books & Portraits. New York, 1978
  61. Woolf, Virginia. Essays on Twentieth Century books. New York, 1965
  62. Woolf, Virginia. Flush. New York, 1933
  63. Woolf, Virginia. Freshwater. New York, 1976
  64. Woolf, Virginia. Granite and Rainbow. New York, 1958
  65. Woolf, Virginia. Jacob's Room & The Waves. New York, 1959
  66. Woolf, Virginia. Moments of Being. New York, 1976
  67. Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York, 1953
  68. Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway's Party. New York, 1972
  69. Woolf, Virginia. Night and Day. New York, 1948
  70. Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. New York, 1960
  71. Woolf, Virginia. The Captain's Death Bed. New York, 1959
  72. Woolf, Virginia. The Common Reader. New York, 1953
  73. Woolf, Virginia. The Moment and Other Essays. New York, 1948
  74. Woolf, Virginia. The Pargiters. New York, 1977
  75. Woolf, Virginia. The Second Common Reader. New York, 1960
  76. Woolf, Virginia. The Voyage Out. New York, 1948
  77. Woolf, Virginia. The Years. New York, 1965
  78. Woolf, Virginia. Three Guineas. New York, 1966
  79. Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. New York, 1927
  80. Wyndham, Violet. The Sphinx and her Circle. New York, 1963
  81. Zwerdling, Alex. "Virginia Woolf In and Out of Bloomsbury" (Sewannee Review 1975)