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We’re starting the year off by diving into the stream of consciousness.

January’s selection for the Virtual Read-Aloud program is “The Mark On the Wall” by Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941) was an English author whose works have become synonymous with the 20th Century modernist period.  Woolf’s literary brilliance has inspired generations of artists’ novels, plays, poems, and dramatic works, and she is lauded as one of the innovators of the stream-of-consciousness narrative convention.

“The Mark on the Wall” is Woolf’s first published work. This short story exemplifies the stream-of-consciousness style for which the author was famous, and remarks upon the passage of time, one’s private mental states, and the memories of childhood.

Want to read along? Click here to read the story on Project Gutenberg.

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Thank you to the Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library for sponsoring the closed captioning of this video.

A new read-aloud will be published every month on the Adult Services Vimeo page, so keep an eye out for new titles! Material selected for these read-alouds are in the public domain and are sourced from Project Gutenberg, so that listeners can read along if they would like.