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Mrs. Dalloway/The Hours no POB at all NO SHAKESPEARE
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.013  Thursday, 2 January 2003

From:           H. R. Greenberg <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Jan 2003 12:07:23 EST
Subject:        Mrs. Dalloway/The Hours no POB at all NO SHAKESPEARE EITHER

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In preparation for a review of THE HOURS, I am reading MRS DALLOWAY for
the first time. Remarkable book in so many ways -- but I was
particularly struck by Woolf's use of similes which I can only call
Homeric in aptness and beauty. Also noting the one day in one life
comprises all of life forever narrative trajectory, obvious resonances
with both ULYSSES and FINNEGAN'S WAKE come to mind. Not being anything
approaching a Woolf scholar, can anyone out there tell me about Woolf's
view of Joyce. Did Mrs Dalloway appear before Ulysses -- can't remember
the latter publication date. What did she think about Joyce -- one also
notes her own particular pass at stream of consciousness writing which
for me in many ways reminds me of the last chapter of Anna Karenina
rather than Joyce, in terms of Anna's famous inner meditation as she
goes to her death.

Any help here greatly appreciated.

Best to all and happy new year -- HRGreenberg MD ENDIT

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