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2020-12-27

Lee Smith was a Go-Go dancer

I found this in a Woolf Society PDF.

A Factoid Regarding Virginia Woolf in Popular Culture: Discovering the 1960s Virginia Woolfs Rock Band

Lee Smith, author of multiple works including the novel Fair and Tender Ladies (1988), the memoir Dimestore: A Writer’s Life (2016) and the novella Blue Marlin (2020), earned her bachelor’s degree at Hollins College in Hollins, Virginia. As her official biography states,

After spending her last two years of high school at St. Catherine’s in Richmond, Virginia, Smith enrolled at Hollins College in Roanoke. Perhaps because life in Grundy [the town in Virginia where she grew up] had been so geographically and socially circumscribed, Smith says when she entered Hollins she had this kind of breakout period–I just went wild.”

She and fellow student Annie Dillard (the well-known essayist and novelist) became go-go dancers for an all-girl rock band, the Virginia Woolfs. It was 1966, during her senior year at Hollins, that Smith’s literary career began to take off.

During Smith’s college years—the 1960s!—Virginia Woolf was already a nascent and intriguing presence in US culture even though, as J. J. Wilson notes in From Solitude to Society Through Reading Virginia Woolf,” Woolf’s books were nearly all out of print” in that decade (14)

J. J. Wilson (with Vara Neverow)

Works Cited Smith, Lee. Official Biography.” LeeSmith.com. www.leesmith.com/ bios/bio.php. 2016. Web. 22 December 2020. Wilson, J. J. From Solitude to Society Through Reading Virginia Woolf.” Ed. Mark Hussey and Vara Neverow. Emerging Perspectives: Selected Papers from the Third Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. New York: Pace UP, 1994. 13-18.


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