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A Room Of One's Own And Three Guineas

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This volume combines two books which were among the greatest contributions to feminist literature this century. Together they form a brilliant attack on sexual inequality. A Room of One's Own, first published in 1929, is a witty, urbane and persuasive argument against the intellectual subjection of wo
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 26th 1996 by Vintage Classics (first published June 1938)
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Kee the Ekairidium
This book is a real treasure since it collects two of Virginia Woolf's most notable essays namely A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas. They were both such insightful readings filled with memorable and philosophical passages that took me in an adventurous and stimulating journey about important issues that I damn well should care about. In fact, I was so incredibly enthralled by the essays that I ended up placing strips of sticky notes for the pages that have the most discussion-worthy quotes. ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Manal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is SUCH an important read for anyone (read: everyone) that wants to learn about the struggle for women's rights in the arts and academia. One of the major questions Woolf explores is why there aren't as many great female authors as there are male in the early twentieth century. She reaches conclusions about the condition of women which not only make sense but are are backed up by facts. She talks about the role of men with education in subduing and confining women. In her second essay (Thre ...more
أول ما لفتني هنا وسول لي القراءة هو العنوان. قبل أن أعرف أي شيء عن أبعاد العمل لأني أؤمن جدا بهذه المساحة من الخصوصية والعزلة، هذه مساحة لا غنى عنها!
a room of one's own
virginia woolf

هذه الرسالة في الأصل كانت سلسة محاضرات ألقتها فيرجينيا وولف حول المرأة و الكتابة في كليات نسائية في جامعة كيمبرج
women and fiction.
الرسالة مكتوبة بأسلوب مميز جدا، فقد ابتكرت فيرجينيا وولف راوية تلقى الرسالة. هذه الشخصية
التي اسمها غير مهم كما تقول " سمني ما تشاء" هي التي يعهد إليها أمر كتابة الرسالة، فنتابع
أفكارها وتح
Jan 09, 2010 Jet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. The rhetoric skill of Three Guineas in particular is impressive.

This was my first read of 2010 because A Room of One's Own is mentioned, referenced or quoted from in almost every other feminist theory book I pick up, and it was starting to drive me around the bend. The reason it's quoted so much are now clear. These are a clearly argued, clever, funny and lively pair of works.

I particularly enjoyed Woolf's clear setting out of what economic independence means to a person's intellectua
Apr 08, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I've only ever read selection of this before and I always meant to go back and read the whole thing. Now that I've finally managed to do that I am elated that I did. It is utterly fantastic and urges women to get out there and do something, especially in the final pages; to go out and write something if only for the women who never had a chance in hell thanks to their circumstances and the ideas of the time. I wonder what Woolf would think of the current day. Certainly we are doing this and more ...more
Esmeralda Plangesis
Feb 01, 2012 Esmeralda Plangesis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in a more egalitarian society
"In a Room of One's own(1929) and three Guineas,Virginia Woolf considers with energy and wit the implications of the historical exclusion of women from education and economic independence.She examines the work of past women writers, and looks ahead to a time when creativitity will not be hampered by poverty, or by(male) oppression. In Three Guineas (1938), however, Woolf argues that women's historical exclusion offers them the chance to form a political and cultural identity which could challeng ...more
Dey Jengibre
Nov 01, 2015 Dey Jengibre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente ensayo, bellísimas nociones sobre cómo conquistar autonomía intelectual. Enteramente femenino y desafiante todavía hoy.
Recomendado con especial entusiasmo.
Jul 27, 2015 Mia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
These two essays, one fictional, one not, are passionate, powerful, and (perhaps unfortunately) still relevant today. A Room of One's Own was my favourite of the two, though Three Guineas had some really choice moments. Though it was great to see Virginia Woolf write so passionately about subjects she obviously cared very much about, I found that they went a little too long for me taste, particularly Three Guineas. At some points, the eloquence seemed to dwindle and it felt more like a rant than ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Lobo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: akademia
90% współczesnego życia intelektualnego można uznać za przypisy do Virginii Woolf.
James Mcveigh
Oct 14, 2014 James Mcveigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apart from some period appropriate racism Woolf was en-pointe.
May 27, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-authors
Unsure about this rating - at times I wanted to give it 4 and at times I was leaning to the low end of 3. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt here (and it ended on a rather good note, so that's what's in my head).

A Room of One's Own, on women and fiction embodied a lot of what I feel, and much of it was still relevant to today, if updated to [modern media]. Little too heavy on the Austen love, but I understood the reasons for (and that in itself is a good reason for a high-ish rating, 'cause
Apr 01, 2014 Raisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Virginia Woolf takes a look at the state of women's education and the glass ceiling in these two essays. Widely regarded as a feminist polemic, "A Room of One's Own" examines women in fiction, or rather the lack of them, given women's lack of access to education and financial independence. Rather than simply ranting on, though, she consults history and biography to back up her case- and still manages to make it a refreshing and interesting read. Written in an informal style, Virginia Woolf roam ...more
Simon Clare
Jun 08, 2015 Simon Clare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Three Guineas was the most grindingly boring and painful reading experience I've had since I read the Quran. Its main points could easily be whittled down to a few thousand words, but Woolf seemingly thought that life is infinite so she'd might as well make her points by outlining them in a barely comprehensible jumble of tangents and meanders.

A Room of One's Own was a fairly interesting exploration of what people need in order to produce art. The first twenty pages were a dizzying blur and I ne
Sonja - Intellectual Badass
A Room of One's Own: read the 3rd of January 2016
My rating: /5
My Review of A Room of One's Own
Aug 27, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This is non-fiction. It consists of essays Virginia Woolf wrote in response to a request to give a talk on Women and Fiction. It was done in 1929. It is a quite a fascinating history on women writers, or, the lack thereof prior to the 20th century. I think this should be a companion volume to Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg 2013)! Woolf makes the case that women did not have a room of their own or any income that would allow time to to write fiction (or anything else). They were too busy having babies ...more
Eva Pollitt
Jun 17, 2015 Eva Pollitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

"By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream"

"I find myself saying briefly and prosaically that it is much more important to be oneself than anything else. Do not dream of influencing other people, I would say, if I knew how to make it sound exalted. Think of things in the
Sep 05, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An overdue read, although I don't recall it ever being assigned reading on a college syllabus. Probably I would have rated it higher if (a) I had read only the first title (Three Guineas, while competent, can't help but disappoint after the glimmering experience of the first half) and (b) I didn't feel as though it were too easy to overrate nonfiction.

But really, really good. There are moments when the argumentation achieves actual brilliance, and the entire experience is a worthy one.
Aug 25, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
A slim, 199 page volume (in the edition I have, which was published in 1929 and does not contain Three Guineas) that starts as a clever fiction-infused response by Virginia Woolf to talk about women and fiction, reaches its zenith as an explanation using concise criticism of both modern (for the time) and Elizabethan literature of Woolf's assertion that a woman needs 500 pounds a year and a room of her own to write, and ends with a moving call to action for women to work past their oppression to ...more
It takes about 30 pages until you hit the creamy, creamy center of this 100-page feminist classic. Until that point, you are immersed in a world of luncheons, described in great detail, and a lot of other florid, stream-of-consciousness passages that are typical of Woolf's writing. Personally, instead of knowing whether the crab bisque at luncheon was more creamy or soupy, I like to get to the main ideas. When Woolf does this, she is sheer brilliance. Between those nuggets of awesomeness though, ...more
Jenny Tipping
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Virginia Woolf was born Virginia Stephen on 25 January 1882 and on this anniversary we take another look at her two most feminist non-fiction works.
A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas were published nine years apart in 1929 and 1938 and both explore the importance of an independent income on intellectual freedom and the effect of centuries of poverty on the female creative force. But while A Room of Ones Own takes a meandering path towards its final conclus
Feb 20, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so conflicted about this book. By the end, I think I loved it. The last 10 pages, where Virginia abandons the character of Mary Beton and switches to her own perspective, redeemed the entirety of the book for me. Everything that annoyed me was purposeful and somewhat clever. And I did find myself agreeing with her points as the book progressed. With each passing chapter, I found her claims more and more convincing. I especially enjoyed the moving final pages in which she humbled herself and ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: feminists
Read this for my women's studies class.

What I can say for A Room Of One's Own is that before starting this, I probably had considered myself 'done' with feminism; what I mean by that is I felt there wasn't much more to be learned about the struggle of women in pursuit of equality, especially white women. This speech gave an interesting look on the historical progression of women's inclusion in fiction.

Naturally this speech applies strictly to the struggles of white women, and in particular white
Alaa H
Jun 21, 2014 Alaa H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read only the 1st. Part: A room of one's own
To me this was not a collection oif Virginia Woolf's lectures in a book, this was Mrs.Woolf herself lecturing me\us in a crowded calss room with a sarcastic smile that never leaves her face!
She says in the lectures that she's not an educated women, yet I don't think I would have an English literature college proffesor better than her! I was never intrigued to shoot questions, to challenge ideas & to think upside down as I was after reading these le
Apr 22, 2008 gaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: feminists (revisionist and otherwise), historians, persons with interest in gender politics
Shelves: gender-studies
Woolf's lectures provide a charming, surprisingly un-dated little window into early 20th century gender politics and the awakening of literature and public discourse by women. It is at all points an empowering call to arms, as relevant in 2008 as 1928, for women to claim a stake in the world of arts and letters and science, to refuse to be silenced by men or by other women, and to just Do The Work - not because it may be the best poem or song or short story ever written, but because each piece o ...more
Damayanti Purkayastha
A wonderful and marvellous book that is full of Virginia Woolf's meandering thoughts but also contains her razor sharp insights about the inequalities between men and women, and the importance of intellectual and monetary freedom for women to be able to unleash great writing and creativity. Her observations about how women have inspired so many books, written by so many, and the paradox of her place in fiction vs, her place in the real world have been emblazoned in my mind. It is a remarkably re ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Bee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't have time to read "Three Guineas" as it was a library book and requested by another, but I did read and love "A Room of One's Own".
I loved V.W's language, the references to poets and historical accounts of male's female bashing, her conclusions, her sense of fun. Her writing seems to spring from her pen the way ordinary people breath.
Someone had written (and this is not a direct quote) that A Room was an essay that resembled almond trees in flower. The intro discussed how, as a polemic
Jennifer Murphy
Oct 28, 2014 Jennifer Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Room of One's Own is the published version of Virginia Woolf's lectures on Women and Fiction, in which she advised that in order to write or produce art, a woman needed her own income, a room of her own with a lock on the door, and the ability to view other human beings in relation to reality, rather than in relation to the opposite sex. To support this assertion, she analysed the history of female writers and the depiction of women by both male and female writers, and how the position of wome ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three Guineas is a very well thought out, historical, and somewhat humorous look at the roll of women throughout the centuries, and most pressingly in her mind, that of her own era and forward thinking to the future. "The intensive childbirth of the unpaid wife and the intensive money-making of the paid husband of the Victorian age had terrible results we do not doubt upon the mind and body of the present age." A very clever and interesting treatise of her own making, in her own way, and on her ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I have been reading every time another war comes up which, in this day and age, as the old Joe Haldeman book puts it, makes it pretty much forever, since we seem to be in a Forever War.

It takes the theory of A Room of One's Own and tries to make practice of it. As a queer man, I can relate to the notion that I have no country - particularly, it would seem, not in California. Of course, as Virginia puts it so well, being outside the structure has its advantages - it leads to disint
I have wanted to read this non-fiction work by Virginia Woolf for about 10-15 years now, but finally just did it! I wish I'd read it earlier, as I think it would have really appealled to my emerging womanhood psyche. However, reading it as an early thirty-something, I find it still hits its mark, reminding me that I need to take time for things that are only important to me, things that are essential to my personal renewal and growth. Also, not to forget my friends and to do things without my hu ...more
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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.

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