Is Mrs Dalloway set on 13 June 1923, as argued by Harvena Richter (and later Elaine Showalter), or Wednesday 20th June as claimed by Morris Beja, or on an imaginary Wednesday in June 1923 as David Bradshaw asserts in his notes to the Oxford World’s Classics edition of the book (citing a discrepancy in the references to Surrey cricket match results read by Septimus and, later, Peter Walsh)?
In the end, does it matter? Probably not, but I like Elaine Showalter’s suggestion in the Guardian of celebrating Dallowday, whether on the 13, 20th or another day ‘in the middle of June.’
Establishments in Bloomsbury (and beyond) are increasingly getting in on the Dalloway/Virginia Woolf act – for example the ‘Dalloway Terrace’ on Great Russell Street. The time is ripe for a day of literary celebration and putting Dallowayday ‘on the London summer calendar.’ A ‘Dalloway cocktail’ is sure to please, even if blazing heat may be off the menu.
Image: Advertising clock in Dalloway territory.