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Moments of Being contains Virginia Woolf’s only autobiographical writing: “By far the most important book about Virginia Woolf...that has appeared since her death” [Angus Wilson, Observer (London)]. Edited and with an Introduction by Jeanne Schulkind; Index.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published 2011 by منظومه‌ی خرد (first published August 26th 1928)
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umberto
Reading these five memoir pieces "written for different audiences and spanning almost four decades" (back cover) by Virginia Woolf is amazingly illuminating and entertaining since this sole collection has allowed its readers, literally, to look at herself and her expertise by means of her formidable, powerful and unique narrations. I mean it might be a bit difficult if the readers would like to know her intimately from her literary works; however, we could read her published letters or diaries i ...more
Cheryl
Virginia Woolf in MOMENTS OF BEING, a collection of essays not meant for publication, looks at the nature of memories, some more vivid and meaningful than others. She makes the distinction between moments of being and non-being, and her clarity of the two is wisdom for the reader to ponder.

The deaths of her mother, sister, father, and brother are remembered in remarkable odes to grief and the unfamiliar roles that weigh on the survivors.

Ms. Woolf is unguarded in her assessment of self, family, t
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alyssa carver
Nov 15, 2014 alyssa carver rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: woolfies
Shelves: favorites
ok, so i have to admit that i've never read this entire volume. but it contains some of my favorite writing EVER, not just of virginia woolf. it's the very early sections that were to be her memoir, had she finished it instead of lying in the river.

so, yes, i am a fan of her other work. but there's something in this, these pure, raw, childhood memories; it has a pulse, an open vein. it is absolutely haunting. there's this one image she describes that i think of often, very often, of lying in a b
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sarah gilbert
Virginia! You shine so in your moments of being. At first, of course, you are sentimental and foolish and you gloss over things so. Your writing, when you are young, is almost cloying; and it took me so, so long to get through your "Reminiscences." But then I came closer and closer to the truth: you pass at it in "A Sketch of the Past"; you own it in the pieces for the memoir club. Oh how I hang on your descriptions of how dull you found the society when living at 22 Hyde Park Gate! Oh how I fli ...more
Jim
I really enjoyed reading these auto biographical essays from Woolf. Her fiction usually feels a bit autobiographical, so reading these essays helps to show the similarities and differences between the two. Then again, even autobiography has a bit of fiction thrown in ...

I am concurrently reading Hermione Lee's biography of Woolf and have found Moments of being to be an excellent companion read. Lee quotes heavily from all of Woolf's oeuvre, including these essays, and so it was tempting to get t
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Kristy
Virginia Woolf is truly one of my favorite writers of all time, and this collection of posthumously published autobiographical writings makes me love her even more. In fact, I love her so much that I can't even talk about why I love this collection so much without sounding goofy. So I will just say that this is a perfect companion to To the Lighthouse with much discussion of Woolf's childhood and her mother and father. Love. It.
Ellen
What a marvelous read this was! I'm a Woolf fan from way back, but hadn't read this one before. The story of Woolf's childhood in the gloomy house in Kensington, the deaths of her mother and father and stepsister, Stella, are poignant and tragic. The effects of these deaths on Woolf's psychology and fiction are obvious; it was difficult for her to recover from the loss of her mother when Woolf was only 13 and it had a horrible effect upon her mind. She used her fiction to work through these loss ...more
Kristin
Check this review out and others on my blog: Get Real.

The moments that can't be articulated. Virginia Woolf is the only writer I have ever encountered who can describe those moments - the surreal nature of existence and the blur between the conscious and unconscious - and have them make perfect sense. These memoirs are just a non-fiction extension of the writing she pioneered throughout her life.

Much of this work concerns her childhood, with particular focus on her mother and the issues that aro
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sla
p. 39-40 "Reminiscences"
What is noticeable about her, as I am come to think, is not the waste and the futile gallantry, but the niceness, born of sure judgement, with which her effort matched her aim. There was scarcely any superfluity; and it is for this reason that, past as those years are, her mark on them is ineffaceable, as though branded by the naked steel, the sharp, the pure. Living voices in many parts of the world still speak of her as of someone who is actually a fact in life. Whethe
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Sarah
I read "A Sketch of the Past" and "Old Bloomsbury" out of Moments of Being, the only source of her autobiographical writing (aside from the Diaries and Letters) as far as I know. Then I read The Voyage Out, Woolf's first novel. This experience raised the question (which I have yet to find a definitive answer to) of whether or not books, poetry, music, art, etc. should stand on their own with no consideration of the artist's life. I admit I definitely read The Voyage Out with an eye towards Woolf ...more
Raisu
Unpolished as these "reminiscences" are, Woolf's great mastery as a writer shines trough: her sharp wit, her wonderful skills as an observer, her intellect and sense of humor all make the book a pleasure to read. Of course, these are just fragments of what was supposed to become her memoir, left unfinished at the time of her death. There's some repetitiveness, to some passages, for example, a sense that what's on page, was just a rough draft, to be polished later.

But when Woolf is good, she's re
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Katie/Doing Dewey
Moments of Being is a collection of five autobiographical essays by Virginia Woolf, not intended for publication. Editorial decisions interpreting Woolf's drafts are clearly marked and it appears that few changes were necessary to make the essays feel finished. The editor's comments were somewhat dry and literary enough that they required as much effort to read as the essays themselves, but I appreciated knowing the context in which the essays were written. The editor chose to present the essays ...more
Piperitapitta
Quando Virginia Woolf inizia a scrivere queste sue memorie lo fa in maniera confusa e tutt'altro che programmatica.
Inizia, si interrompe, scrive, cancella. Tutto con la sua scrittura minuta e a tratti indecifrabile, riempiendo i fogli di cancellature, di sigle, di segni convenzionali noti solo a lei stessa, di note a margine ancor pi�� difficili, spesso, da interpretare.
Poi dimentica o accantona gli scritti, li revisiona, lascia in giro per la sua casa e tra le sue carte diverse stesure degli s
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Pallavi Mittra
Lifted from the diary of Virginia Woolf, this memoir is a collection of scattered accounts of her life. If you have been intrigued by Woolf's sensibility that appears in Mrs. Dalloway and The Lighthouse, her treatment of death, her voice in A Room of One's Own, this book could let you have a sneak peak into it.
A realisation that reading this book has given is that she couldn't but have written a stream of consciousness novel. Her belief in past moments being subtly present in the now, makes thi
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Kylie Matthews
Trying to get my hands on this book.... Any advice on where to look? Abe books have them mostly in the USA. Want an Australian copy.
Evelyn Doroghy
I loved her way of confusing the reader with her autobiographical "facts". Woolf is definitely the most valuable modernist writer to the English, she's witty, enigmatic, casual and imaginative. She breaks down the patterns of Victorian prototypes within her family: the not so genius father, the divided mother and the Victorian half-wimp , half-brother George. Read it if you enjoy Woolf's works, you will get close insight of her life, well at least one side of her life written down as a narrative ...more
Kami
If you like biographies and you are a fan of Woolf read this book. It gives incredible insight into her life and writing.
Carol
Brutally honest with regard to her family and horrendous abuse from her two half-brothers.
Dominic
Moments of Being is Virginia Woolf's rare collection of autobiographical writings. While a lover of memoir writing herself, Woolf wrote only a few of her own, and none of these writings were intended for large-scale publication. These six memoirs were compiled and published many years after her death. Each of these writings have value, some written when she was still rising to literary fame and others near the end of her life, and the memoirs here play off one another nicely. It is clear, for ex ...more
Michael
Als Leser habe ich meine Hausgötter, die verlässlich dafür einstehen, mir das Gefühl wohligen Nachhausekommens und Aufgehobenseins zu schenken. Ganz egal, wie viele Bücher und Autoren ich entdecke, wie sehr ich mich für Neuerschienenes und –entdecktes auch begeistern kann: Nichts kommt der Geborgenheit gleich, die sich einstellt, sobald ich die ersten Zeilen und Sätze eines ihrer Bücher lese. Mit der Geschwindigkeit eines Sturmwinds nehmen mich die Worte mit, zaubern mir ein Lächeln ins Gesicht, ...more
Danielle
Moments of Being is a collection of Virginia Woolf's only autobiographical works, other than her journals. And like her journals they were not intended for publication. Two of the pieces, written decades apart, describe the events surrounding her mother's untimely death when Woolf was 13 years old-- the breakdown of family life, the deep silence into which life plunged and in which it seems she found her writerly voice and vision.

It is difficult for me to judge these works in any objective way,
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Roxanne
This is a collection of Woolf's autobiographical writings. She didn't write a lot about herself, but what's here is terrific. The first piece is not spectacular--she wrote it when she was younger and still learning, and before she got to be brutally honest with herself. The second piece covers almost the same time period as the first, but was written towards the end of her life, so she's very candid. The two are completely different and each illuminates the other. The last three pieces were writ ...more
Josephine Ensign
What I loved most about this book was being able to see Woolf's development as a writer and having access to some of her unpolished personal writing. She's long been a favorite author of mine and I wish I had read this collection much earlier. "Am I a Snob?" is so funny and my airplane seatmates must have thought I was a bit touched in the head from my guffaws and stiffed giggles.
Adilla

I've been very curious about this genius writer' background.

This book covers some of her 'sketches', her memoirs written for Bloomsbury Group for the sake of having a quiet meeting where each one of them tell the rests about their childhoold.

Virginia alo writes Vanessa's memoir in this book, dedicated to Julian, who later died in a very young age.

It' interesting to note that Virginia's nervous breakdown was blamed on her unhappy childhood, like the sexual abuse done by her half-brother, the de
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kathe
Esto es un poco raro. El marido de doña Virginia encontró estos manuscritos y decidió publicarlos. Me da la impresión que esto se asemeja a ver el cuadro de un pintor que está basicamente terminado al que le faltan los últimos brochazos, que separan a la obra de la grandeza. No hay duda que doña Virginia tiene un estilo delicioso de escritura pero a mi gusto no hubo brillo en el contenido...aunque muy bien organizado y por momentos muy interesante. Tampoco ayuda que este sea el primer libro que ...more
Mary
This collection is billed as Woolf's only "autobiographical"
writing, but consists of work she never prepared for publication.
For example, there are three short pieces she presented to her
Memoir Club when it was her turn (including the amusing "Am I
A Snob?") The longest and best part of the book, "A Sketch
of the Past," spells out in detail her conventional English
upbringing, along with family dynamics, and then her markedly
unconventional life as a young adult as the Bloomsbury years
begin. The pa
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Patrick
Mar 10, 2013 Patrick is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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From the Introduction by editor Jeanne Schulkind: "[Virginia Woolf's view of the self] was an elusive will o' wisp, always just ahead on the horizon, flickering and insubstantial, yet enduring. She believed the individual identity to be always in flux, every moment changing its shape in response to the forces surrounding it: forces which were invisible emerge, others sink silently below the surface, and the past, on which the identity of the present rests, is never stati
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Aly
May 15, 2008 Aly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I'm terminally reminiscent so A Sketch of the Past is my favorite.

And an oft highlighted passage:

"Now if this is so, is it not possible--I often wonder--that things we have felt with great intensity have an existence independent of our minds; are in fact still in existence?....I see it--the past--as an avenue lying behind; a long ribbon of scenes, emotions....I feel that strong emotion must leave its trace; and it is only a question of discovering how we can get ourselves again attached to it,
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Lorraine
Quite enjoyable. Useful for anyone who wants to write about the relationship between woolf's life and her writing. I read this while I was ill, but it was the most personal work that woolf has written I think. It shows you clearly that those characters -- in other novels -- are not pulled out from her head. Written quite informally, which means it's quite easy to read; I think it also shows how much work Woolf put into structuring her novels, for these are more musings than complete essays or bo ...more
Kathleen
I enjoyed this book which is a collection of autobiographical writing from Virginia Woolf. I only wish that she could have put this together and had it published before her passing. It was sometimes difficult to read through the editing notes and I have a feeling that she would have rewritten certain pasages so that they flowed better with the story.

I thought this provided great insight into Virginia Woolf's life and included humorous and poignant insights about her childhood which shaped her li
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(Adeline) Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.

During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length es
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