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Known for her novels, and for the dubious fame of being a doyenne of the 'Bloomsbury Set', in her time Virginia Woolf was highly respected as a major essayist and critic with a special interest and commitment to contemporary literature, and women's writing in particular. This spectacular collection of essays and other writings does justice to those efforts, offering unique ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 31st 2003 by A Harvest Book/Harcourt, Inc. (first published 1904)
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I am amazed in just 198 pages how Woolf can continually keep my attention with each chapter. This book focuses on her as the essayist and critic. Part 1 discusses women and fiction, leisure, status, professions, novelists and indiscretions. Part 2 focuses on specific women --brief bios including early years (some I knew of and others not), their writing challenges and Woolf's personal comments.

Women consist of:
1. Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1624--1674)
2. Aphra Behn (1640-1689)
3. E
Although I wasn't a huge fan of the introduction, I absolutely loved this collection of letters and reviews by Virginia Woolf. In the book Virginia Woolf discusses some of the authors that have inspired me the most. They include George Eliot, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Aphra Behn and Jane Austen as well as numerous others. After reading this book I am much more appreciative for how all these women shaped and changed the literary worlds opinion of a female authors! The only thing that I didn't l ...more
I don't know what bothers me most about Virginia Woolf. Perhaps it is the overwhelming condescension with which she treats her betters. (Better in talent, etc...) It bothered me that she picked on female writers from before her time for writing novels (instead of "serious" literature) and writing from their "limited" experience. What, pray, was Woolf doing but writing from her own experience and perspective? What do any of us write from?

Woolf spends a bit of time detailing how she "killed the An
Aug 29, 2007 Kirsten rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in fiction by and about women
One doesn't usually associate the venerable Woolf with light reading, but I found this collection of essays, reviews, and critical analyses to be just that: a pleasant primer to Woolf's theories on the history of women's fiction and her famous arguments regarding 500 pounds a year and a room of one's own.

The first half of the book collects a series of articles and responses to male critics regarding the past, future, and present of the female literary dilemma, as Woolf saw it. Even more illumina
Virginia Woolf is an icon of not only women writers but womanhood, the nature and essence of our being. I enjoyed reading her thoughts on other women writers.
Nancy Abe
Some parts were a little dry, maybe because I'm not a fan of author reviews, but Woolf had some interesting insights into writing: p.91 "For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice."
This book samples essays by Woolf that focus on women and writing. There are some good thoughts about Jane Austen, the Brontes, and George Eliot, as well as some more famous essays about writing and art in general. I gave this two stars because several of the essays are reviews of books by authors now faded to obscurity and with good reason.
I read this as a secondary source for a paper and really liked it. The first half of the book was fantastic and I enjoyed most of the essays. I have not read a lot of VW's fiction, but so far I've learned a lot from her essays.
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un ennesimo tassello, a tratti sconvolgente per modernità, per la comprensione [mia] della signora woolf
un insieme di articoli sulle donne, la scrittura e le scrittrici

da leggere

a collection of woolf's essays and lectures on the subjects of women and writing as a career and on particular women writers. her commentary is insightful and her writing beautiful.
Reminded me so much of my Literary Criticism classes to actually enjoy it.
Interesting collection of reviews on writers and their work.
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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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