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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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Sep 19, 2014 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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
alyssa carver
Nov 15, 2014 alyssa carver rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Re-read January 2016.

April 2015:
Thoughts on "Reminiscences," the opening piece, are on my blog here:

I'll likely write about the other pieces collected in this wonderful collection individually, in the depth they deserve. And I'll try to remember to update this when those are up on the blog, but the link is there now in case you want to check back.
This little book is magnificent; a must-read for any fan of Virginia Woolf. For all intents and purposes, it's an autobiography (or parts of it, at least) but it reads like one of her novels. I am so happy that I own it - I will go back to it several times in the future, I'm sure!
sarah gilbert
Feb 26, 2011 sarah gilbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Travis Lucas
Jan 30, 2015 Travis Lucas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the best life writing I've come across. The nature of Woolf's mind definitely comes through, and it is interesting to watch her style and psyche develop through all the pieces. It suffers a little from not being finished by Woolf herself (or Leonard), but you can definitely get the idea of where she was going, especially in Sketch of the Past and Moments of Being. Woolf's sentences, as usual, are terrific and her images incredibly resonant.
Oct 01, 2015 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this memoir. I'll admit i didn't read the editor notes or the introductions, but I feel like those were a waste of time to get to the good stuff, reading about Virginia Woolf's life in her own words. It's a very hunting look into her past and you can see where she got some ideas for her novels. I highly recommend this to people who enjoy Virginia Woolf's novels or to people who what to know more about her and her life.
Sep 05, 2009 Kristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 01, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: virginia-woolf
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
Apr 18, 2010 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Howard Mansfield
Jan 28, 2016 Howard Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moments of Being was assembled by Bloomsbury Industries after long after Virginia Woolf’s death. It’s composed of several unfinished memoirs and talks. Even in unfinished drafts, Woolf is fantastic. The book is uneven, to be sure, but there are some great runs of brilliance, pages where she snags what she calls “moments of being.” Part of the joy of this volume is watching her reach for this elusive quality.

Even when “scribbling” – with a kind of efficient drawing room chat -- Woolf has brings b
Pallavi Mittra
Jul 04, 2014 Pallavi Mittra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 23, 2014 Evelyn Doroghy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 08, 2008 Kami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like biographies and you are a fan of Woolf read this book. It gives incredible insight into her life and writing.
May 06, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the concept of "moments of being" and "moments of non-being"....this could only come from Virginia Woolf!!
Jan 31, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woolf
Brutally honest with regard to her family and horrendous abuse from her two half-brothers.
Andrew McCrae
Apr 08, 2015 Andrew McCrae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing to say is: Virgina, I love you. You may be a self-involved Edwardian snob, but I love you.

The next is that this Pimlico edition is a beautiful book, physically: it's gorgeous to hold, the cover smooth and sensual, and the paper of the leaves of delicious high quality. The text is pretty good too.

Hermione Lee's 2002 introduction replaces Jeanne Schulkind's original 1976 Sussex University editorial, and we begin to see just how much love, dedication and sheer work and knowledge Lee
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
Aug 14, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Mar 08, 2008 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2015 AbeerK19 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا هو الكتاب الوحيد لفرجينا وولف الذي تتحدث فيه عن نفسها وحياتها وآرائها بالحياة وتأثير موت أمها عليها دون أن تتلثم بشخصية كشخصيات رواياتها الكثيرة
قرأت لها قبل هذا الكتاب الأمواج
بالعربية والإنجليزية
لكني لقيت هذا الكتاب. لحظة التكوين. صادق أكثر
ربما لأنه عبارة عن مقالات منفصلة ومصاغة بلغة جيدة وماتعة

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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.
Heli Künnapas
Dec 01, 2015 Heli Künnapas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Minu esimene ja eriline kogemus Woolfiga oli tema teos "Tuletorni juurde". Käesolev raamat andis sellele loole korraliku põhja. Nii et need kaks teost toetasid tugevalt teineteist.
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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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