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Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries$
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Julie Vandivere and Megan Hicks

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954088

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781942954088.001.0001

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Florence Melian Stawell and Virginia Woolf: Home-front Experience, The Price of Freedom, and Patriotism

Florence Melian Stawell and Virginia Woolf: Home-front Experience, The Price of Freedom, and Patriotism

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(p.177) Florence Melian Stawell and Virginia Woolf: Home-front Experience, The Price of Freedom, and Patriotism
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Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries
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Karen L. Levenback

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781942954088.003.0025

An Australian by birth, Florence Melian Stawell, who was educated as a classicist at both Trinity College (Melbourne) and Newnham College (Cambridge) was a civilian living in London during the Great War. She shared this experience with Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry, and many of their Bloomsbury friends. But unlike Woolf, whose life during the war has been the subject of some attention (my own Virginia Woolf and the Great War, for example), the home-front experience of Stawell and her literary output, including her anthology of poetry (The Price of Freedom) and her writings on a range of topics (patriotism, education, and the League of Nations among them), has been overlooked. This paper suggests that we may well find the Great War as a way into the life and work of this underappreciated woman, a contemporary of Virginia Woolf.

Keywords:   Florence Melian Stawell, Virginia Woolf, Roger Fry, Virginia Woolf and the Great War, The Price of Freedom, home front, patriotism, education, League of Nations, Great War

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