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Soothe your troubled soul with the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice.

Dan Sheehan

March 30, 2020, 3:56pm

Nothing calms the nerves in anxious times like an eerie, upper-class English voice speaking to you from beyond the grave.

Submitted for your approval, then, is this rare recording of Virginia Woolf. Taken from an April 1937 BBC Radio broadcast entitled “Words Fail Me,” the eight minute excerpt (of a talk Woolf titled “Craftsmanship”) is presumed to be the only surviving audio of the iconic modernist writer.

Woolf, it should be remembered, was an astonishingly prolific writer who, between the years of 1925 and 1931, had one of the most impressive hot streaks in modern literary history: Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), A Room of One’s Own (1929), and The Waves (1931). I mean, seriously, with the exception of Shakespeare (who we all know was actually three Marlowe children stacked on top of one another inside a trench coat), name me a author with a hotter six-year stretch and I will retire to a room of my own, never to blog again.

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