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Tree: Leonard Woolf's Ceylon

Erection date: 16/12/2004


On December 16 2004 this tree, Ginkgo biloba, was planted by Cecil Woolf, the nephew of Leonard Woolf (1880 – 1969) and a kindred spirit of the Bloomsbury Group, to mark the Centennial of the arrival in Colombo, Ceylon, as she was then, of Leonard Woolf whose novel about us, The Village in the Jungle is a marker for the beginning of the Contemporary Period of our Modern Cultural History.

The tree is Dedicated to those who, in Colombo and London, created and are part of this Period of international stature: 1905, when Ananda Coomaraswamy wrote his open Letter to the Kandyan Chiefs, to 1967 when the 43 Group of painters held their final Exhibition.

The plaque recording this Period of historic permanence, a creative-intellectual impulse for which was the novel drawn from the now famous village in the jungles of Hambantota, Beddagama, was unveiled by the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, His Excellency Faisz Musthapha President’s Counsel.

N. Sivasambu
Co-ordinator: The Ceylon Bloomsbury Group, Life Member Charleston Trust.

We have not followed all the various Sri Lankan lines of research opened up by the rather exotic text on this plaque. The importance of Leonard Woolf's first novel, both for Western literature and in Sri Lanka, was new to us.

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WC1, Tavistock Square Gardens

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The Village in the Jungle

Novel written by Leonard Woolf, published 1913, based on his experiences as a...

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Bloomsbury Group

An influential group of artists and writers who were friends during the first...

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Ananda Coomaraswamy

A Tamil philosopher and art historian. Born in Ceylon of a Tamil father and a...

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Leonard Woolf

Author and publisher. Born Leonard Sidney Woolf in Kensington. After working ...

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Faisz Musthapha

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK April 2002 - February 2005.

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Cecil Woolf

Publisher. Nephew of Leonard Woolf. Obituary in the Camden New Journal.

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