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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader$
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Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082679

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.001.0001

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Of Scrapbooks, War, and Newspapers

Of Scrapbooks, War, and Newspapers

Leslie Stephen’s Legacy

Chapter:
(p.39) Of Scrapbooks, War, and Newspapers
Source:
Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader
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Beth Rigel Daugherty

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.003.0005

Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf's father, seems to have collected newspaper clippings and combined those with a trip to the United States in 1863 to gather “powder and shot, for use in England.” Not to “blow up St. Pauls” but to condemn the Times for what he called its “criminal” coverage of the United States Civil War. Published in 1865, Stephen's 105-page pamphlet builds a case for the Times' “total ignorance of the quarrel,” lack of consistency in reporting on it, and inexcusable abuse of Americans. This chapter considers Stephen's argument, the reactions to it, and its legacy.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Leslie Stephen, pamphlet, Civil War, Times

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