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On Fiction

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The only available edition of a collection of essays celebrating the ever-popular pastime of reading and storytelling, from one of the 20th century's greatest literary figures

"Here, then, very briefly and with inevitable simplification, an attempt is made to show the mind at work upon a shelf full of novels and to watch it as it chooses and rejects, making itself a dwellin
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Published December 6th 2011 by Hesperus Press
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Mar 15, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
This is a book of essays, focusing on the writing life and the elements of novels. It is interesting from a historical perspective, since the writings date back to 1916. I found the last essay, "Women and Fiction," to be insightful about the evolution of women novelists through the ages and the obstacles they faced. I'm sure Ms. Woolf would be amazed at the strides female writers have made since her death in 1941. I must admit that I didn't find this to be an easy read. However, it provided rumi ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Macklin rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this very slowly, so frankly I don't really remember most of it. However, the last essay Women and Fiction I read today, and it was really good. The feminist in me was very happy. Women who write fiction are gradually changing the perceptions of their gender and it is awesome. Keep up the good work ladies! In the future may the new gender constructions be created by all genders equally.
Apr 04, 2015 Lovett.nicholas rated it did not like it
The essays were ok, but I was mislead by the title "On Fiction." The publishing company found a few essays on reading and writing and put them in a short book. I was expecting more of a didactic book on the writing process, instead of a few forgotten pieces of literary criticism. There were three essays and I read the shortest one.
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Love that she was such a reader as well as a writer and that we have her musings on so much other great literature.
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I just really enjoy listening to Woolf speak through the clear, so fluent and elegant.
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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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