Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Draft footnote of the day: Voltaire

An oldie but a goodie:

77.27-28 getting books sent out to them In 1904, when Leonard Woolf went to Ceylon as a young colonial administrator, he brought with him the complete works of Voltaire in seventy volumes (Glendenning 66).


Anonymous said...

Now find me a footnote that confirms that he read 'em.


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Unknown said...

F2: the amazing thing is, HE DID. He wrote a long review essay on Voltaire and sent it to London where Lytton Strachey got it published in a journal. They wrote back and forth to each other about how cool it was that they each had articles in the same issue (very cute and touching and sounding just as I might today if my work appeared next a friend's in a great spot)!

Then, Lytton admitted that his marriage to Virginia Stephen wouldn't work (on account of his being gay) and suggested that Leonard court her.

A few years later, on admin. leave, he did....

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