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Why should one half be free to live, while the other is doomed to watch silently from the sidelines? In this visionary collection, Virginia Woolf leads us on a transformative journey through the liberating powers of the mind. From an exploration of why women were barred from writing and under what conditions they might break free, to the solace derived from haunting London's streets, these essays and stories present Woolf at her most impassioned, rendering the pursuit of liberty one of life's most poetic adventures.



Selected from the books A Room of One's Own, The Waves and Street Haunting and Other Essays by Virginia Woolf



VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.



A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human



Also in the Vintage Minis series:

Love by Jeanette Winterson

Home by Salman Rushdie

Language by Xiaolu Guo

Race by Toni Morrison

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 29/05/2017 ISBN-13: 9781784872717  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Virginia Woolf was born in London in 1882. After her father's death in 1904 Virginia and her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, moved to Bloomsbury and became the centre of `The Bloomsbury Group'. This informal collective of artists and writers exerted a powerful influence over early twentieth-century British culture. In 1912 Virginia married Leonard Woolf, a writer and social reformer. Three years later, her first novel The Voyage Out was published, followed by Night and Day (1919) and Jacob's Room (1922). Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to The Waves (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography. On 28 March 1941, a few months before the publication of her final novel, Between the Acts, Virginia Woolf committed suicide.

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This small book, being a Vintage mini, is full of some of Virginia Woolf’s writing from her essays and at least one novel. It represents some of her most accessible writing and is definitely a good place to start if you have always wondered about Woolf. Like the other books in this series, it is likely to increase your urge to go and get books from the shelf to read more, or maybe an entire novel. The book begins with a lengthy extract from perhaps her best known essay, “A Room of One’s Own” which asks the question of what would have happened if Shakespeare’s sister had been similarly talented but debarred from his opportunities by reason of her gender. Woolf then expands this to an examination of women and how they are treated as “intellectually inferior to the worst man” by University authorities. Similarly, women of enormous literary ability such as Margaret Cavendish are shown as poorly treated right up until Woolf’s own time. It includes the highlighted quote “There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind”. The extract from “The Waves” brought back memories of studying it in the past, but the short section from it does not confuse as much as the whole novel. If no other recommendation exists for this small book, there is my favourite essay or short piece of writing from “Street Haunting” which is a reminiscence of walking through London as a winter twilight falls, with all the people, lights and characters that stick in the mind. It is Woolf at her most lyrical despite being observations from life in a city. This little book, reasonably priced, is one of a series that seeks to encapsulate a theme, in this case Liberty, but also succeeds in collecting the thoughts of an author whose output in terms of novels, diaries and writing is enormous and therefore can be a little off putting without this handily sized introduction.

- 27/10/2017
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