A previously unpublished series of hand-written Virginia Woolf manuscripts has been bought by the British Library, it was announced today.
Woolf wrote them for The Charleston Bulletin, a mock newspaper created by her young nephews, Julian and Quentin Bell.
Many are humorous essays about fellow members of the Bloomsbury group, the circle of artists and intellectuals of which she was a leading light.
The British Library paid a six-figure sum for the papers, which were put up for sale by Quentin Bell’s wife Olivier and daughter Virginia.
Woolf is the subject of renewed interest following the success of Stephen Daldry’s film The Hours.
Nicole Kidman won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of the writer, author of To The Lighthouse and Orlando.
The Library already holds several important Woolf manuscripts, including her 1925 novel Mrs Dalloway and her own juvenile periodical, The Hyde Park Gate News.
The Charleston Bulletin chronicles the comings and going at Charleston, the country refuge of the Bloomsbury group.