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The finest and most enjoyable of Virginia Woolf's letters are brought together in a single volume. It is a marvellous collection - spontaneous, witty, often flirtatious and powerfully moving. Whether bemoaning some domestic travail, commenting publicly on the state of the nation, or discussing cultural, artist
Paperback, 444 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Vintage Classics (first published March 14th 1990)
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Samantha Kang
When I reached the end of the book, I felt an overwhelming sense of despair. No longer would there be another page of clever humour and lovely poetry in prose; I have reached the ultimate end of the book. I also felt rather angry; why should a woman who so strongly championed the oppression of women in her society ever succumb to the oppressing devils in her head? Then again, I know that her life should not - and can not be ever defined by her eleventh hour. Thus, “given her griefs, it is a cour ...more
Zen Cho
Virginia Woolf was startlingly classist and (sadly, less surprisingly) racist, but so charming, brilliant (and pleasingly aware of it), warmly human. I read this slowly, beginning to end, and felt so upset when I read her last two letters: it was a little like losing a friend.
“When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.”

In one of the last letters in this collection, to her friend Ethel Smyth, Virginia Woolf writes, "Thank God, as you would say, one's fathers left one a taste for reading!" This is a book that surely seconds that notion. The letters present nothing less than a portrait of the development of a personality. One comes away from the book with a feeling of almost having known Mrs. Woolf, or, at the very least, wishing one could have known her.
For all intents and purposes, letter writing is now a lost
Sabrina Cheves
Okay, I never finished it, but it wasn't because of a lack of interest. I don't remember what happened. I had never read someone's letters before. I'll just say it was very cool; how's that? The great thing about this book is that you don't really have to read ALL of it to get something from it...but you'll probably want to. I think I will find this one again and finish it.
A lengthy, arduous read -as I feel with all her written work; I suspect it's her prose- but ultimately very fulfilling and enriching. She has a way with words.
Superb. Added so much to my understand of the relationship between Virginia Woolf and her sister, Vanessa Bell, the acclaimed Bloomsbury artist. Highly recommend this book!
Beautifully written letters, with some poignant moments - very pleasant 'reading to sleep' material.
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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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