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4th November

We end the week as we started, with Virginia Woolf. Her diary entries for November evoke the pleasures of dusk, and the contrast between bright, warm rooms and the 'dying light' outside. This was the time for that immovable Bloomsbury Group late afternoon ritual: tea, perhaps with toast, muffins or or crumpets. The painting above, a Persephone favourite, captures this moment in the day: it is Reading by Lamplight (Twilight: Interior) (1909, in Lotherton Hall) by George Clausen (1852-1944). Virginia Woolf's diaries are incredibly readable and endlessly fascinating; we publish A Writer's Diary but sadly the five volumes published by Penguin are out of print (secondhand copies can be found on abebooks).

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