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The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Volume Two: 1920-1924

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The second volume covers a crucial period in Woolf's development as a writer.

Edited by Anne Olivier Bell, assisted by Andrew McNeillie; Index.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 17th 1980 by Mariner Books (first published August 24th 1978)
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Nell
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Oh, Aunt Virginia. I can't believe that anyone's unrevised writings have such bell-like clarity! Also, she can be very funny. She is unabashedly elitist, but even that can be entertaining in its own way.

The most interesting passages are her descriptions of her writerly contemporaries: her impressions of T.S. Eliot, the "Ulysses" manuscript, and her rivalry with/admiration of Katherine Mansfield are priceless.

Here is one example (from Wed., 16 Aug. 1922):

"I should be reading Ulysses, & fabr
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Kami
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A must read for the serious Woolf fan.
Laura
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The second of V. Woolf's diaries and a re-read. This is the farthest I have ever gotten in her diaries and I am looking forward, finally, to reading the third volume.

V. Woolf is a great writer and a great diarist and reading her diary always sends me scampering back to my own.

2019 note: Still haven't gotten to volume three.
J. Walker
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the Diaries more than the Letters, they're more intimate and direct about her experience, largely of other people.
The Letters are masqued through layers of convention and expectation.
Her Diaries are much more wicked, and that's high praise, indeed -- in thought and deed!
James
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Either I am a great writer or a nincompoop" has got to be the funniest use of the word nincompoop ever
Annemie
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'There's no doubt in my mind that I have found out how to begin (at 40) to say something in my own voice; & that interests me so that I feel I can go ahead without praise.'(26 July 1922)
Smiley
Oct 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diary
Finally I finished reading Volume II: 1920-24, there are a few points I would like to discuss in the meantime. First, from her entry on Thursday 16 February 1922:

… Such nonsense putting old Ribblesdale & Horner on Boards – Ly.R. was an Astor & refused to let a penny of hers be invested – Your friend Miss Shreiner has gone to Bankok. … (p. 165)

The reason is that when I sometime read some old journals on Siam recorded by foreign visitors, they wrote this misspelt word ‘Bankok’ instead of ‘
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Susan
Dec 29, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anglophiles, Woolf fans
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Summers at Joan's. Ice tea and the pool table on the screened porch. Old black and white movies on the upstairs tv. We were smitten by Virginia and her world; Larchmont girls imagining ourselves walking the gardens, Vanessa and Virginia, brilliant, creative and unique. As if.

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Feb 17, 2007 rated it liked it
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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 e
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