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A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas

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Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind...

Based on a lecture given at Cambridge and first published in 1929, A Room of One's Own interweaves Woolf's personal experience as a female writer with themes ranging from Austen and Bronte to Shakespeare's gifted (and imaginary) sister. Three Guineas, Woolf's most impassione/>

Paperback, Collins Classics, 302 pages
Published July 21st 2014 by HarperCollins (first published June 1938)
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Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for A Room of One’s Own (aka “I Use the English Language Better Than All of You, Deal With It”). I knew the basic thesis of this essay (that people need private space and personal money to be able to write fiction, and the lack of those two things has historically hindered women writers). I was unprepared for the style and structure of this essay to be so dazzling. Even when I didn’t agree with Woolf’s conclusions, her arguments were clear and easily traceable. And along the way she play ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Introduction, by Hermione Lee

--A Room of One's Own
--Three Guineas

Notes and References
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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. I suppose t ...more
Trigger warnings: discussions of misogyny? That's about all, really.

3.5 stars.

I've been meaning to read something by Virginia Woolf for a long time now, so I put this on my Classics Club list to make sure that I finally DID read something of hers. (Well. Technically I put A Room of One's Own on my list. The copy that my library had just so happened to include Three Guineas as well, so I read that too.)

Anyway. A Room of One's Own came out of lectures that Woolf delivered in the late
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, non-fiction
Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas - Oxford World's Classics

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

This book contains two of Woolf's non-fiction works both of which focus on women, particularly women writers - their role in society, the historical context, the future possibilities.

Woolf is one of my favorite authors, something about her writing invariably moves me. In these works I was spellbound by her writing as well, which is saying something given they are non-fiction. My enjoyment of this book can be largely attributed
Jafar Isbarov
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I cannot help smiling at the first memory of this volume. I was at tenth grade and my IELTS exam was approaching. Maybe because of that, I was frantically trying to switch to reading in English. Having wandered among the bookshelves for almost an hour, always conscious of how little money I had, I was hopelessly heading for the exit. But social anxiety got better of me. Salesperson should have thought I am a thief; I had to buy something.

Collins Classics seemed about a nice option --
Baffled by Virginia Woolf and her intellect and writing and modernity.
I am glad I read this, although I have to admit I wasn't so keen on ploughing through Three Guineas (included in my edition).
Still worth it.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With The Waves being one of my favourite novels of all time and really liking To the Lighthouse, naturally, A Room of One's Own was my next choice. In all honesty with never reading any of Woolf's non-fiction I had this preconceived notion that it was going to somehow be pretentious. It wasn't at all, thankfully. Did I love it? No. Did I like it? No. Do I appreciate it? Absolutely. It's of no surprise to me that it was written beautifully and eloquently, which I have come to expect. I know many people find it hard ...more
Lorin Elizabeth
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the most influential read of my year. Though dated in parts, to read of the challenges some women faced in 1929 and how relevant they are to my own journey as a woman writer exploring the influence of the past, was both terrifying and comforting.
The Shakespeare’s sister imagining was SO perfect & I loved that the essay was dotted with narrative, sarcasm and poetry.
Three Guineas was a bit of a slog but that being said, I’ve still dog-eared nearly every page to mark moments of meaning and im/>Three
I won't rate this book because it is quite unrateable for me. I can't say I enjoyed it that much; I'm a bit ashamed to say that Woolf's essays are a bit long-winded for my (modern?) taste. But her message and the historical significance of these two essays made me so glad to have read them. She makes some really sharp points about patriarchy and literature that really resounded with me. 90 years after she made this following statement, I think it is still valid:

"And these values are
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This book contains two of Virginia Woolf’s feminist essays, A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas. The former is absolutely brilliant and still relevant today. I highly recommend it, especially to those who are familiar with classic literature, as there are many references to classic writers and their book characters. The latter is good as well, but I didn’t find it as thought-provoking. It’s in a different style, a three-part letter, and it is more about the evils of war. Overall, it is an excellent femin ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for 'A Room of One's Own', which I had already read and is one of my favourite books. However, I was less enchanted by Three Guineas, which I was reading for the first time and to which the 3 stars are directed. Although Woolf's polemic was interesting and well written, I did not find it as compelling or interesting as 'A Room of One's Own', which I found a shame. Obviously, its contents are important and have an undeniable place in history, but there was something that just could not pu ...more
Sarah Bryson
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brilliant read! Absolutely a must for women!
How come there a few woman writers? How can women help prevent war? Woolf answers these questions in A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas respectively.

Published in 1938, Three Guineas is Woolf's response to the rise of fascism and the Spanish Civil War which preludes WWII.

How can I spend three guineas in order to help prevent war, philosphically speaking?
1. Spend your guinea on improving women's colleges.
2. Invest a guinea in advancing professions and occupat
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, I've only read A Room of One's Own, but that was the one I wanted to read and the library only had this dual edition with 3 Guineas. I'll pick it up again later if I wanna check out Three Guineas.

I enjoyed discovering Woolf's essay, especially after listening to so many episode of the french podcast La Poudre where the host interviews women and always asks them if they do have a "a room of one's own".
I do have a little bit of difficulty however following her stream-of-consciousness sty
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woolf's writing is fluid and intricate, like weaving her ideas together into a fabric. These two works systematically deconstruct the challenges faced by women up to the 1930s, and show how the exclusion of women from the realms considered at that time to be only for men made it virtually impossible for women to excel in careers of their choosing. Great writing and excellent exhibition of the issues.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uni
// only read chapters 2,3 and 4 //
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These essays are a reminder that it is high time for society to unsex itself. Also, what an "intense and complex" mind!
Clara (Clarylovesbooks)
Such a meaningful reading experience. This is my second time reading A Room of One's Own and I cannot recommend it enough, even if you don't enjoy Virginia Woolf's novels. Three Guineas is much more complex to understand (at times confusing), but there are still many great lessons to take from it.
Roman Clodia
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
£500 pounds a year and a room of one's own, Woolf states, are the pre-requisites for a woman to be a writer - in other words, writers are not necessarily timeless geniuses who rise above their age, but are shaped, supported or repressed by their material, economic, social and cultural conditions.

Written in 1929, Woolf's essay (originally a series of lectures to Newnham and Girton Colleges) is read often today as a foundational document of feminist literary theory. Extremely prescient
Apr 08, 2012 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
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read any kind of essay before this book and I have to admit, I had to get used to the narration. The first chapter was kind of slow and I had to keep in mind that the essay was written in the 1920s so as not to keep contradicting Woolf in my mind. But that was solely my fault and not any of the author’s and, even though many things have changed since this essay was written, I think it still has great value today. I agree with Woolf’s main point that women need (financial) independenc ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Virginia Woolf has a special talent. She can let her mind wander around, leading her readers to wherever she is interested in going. When, as a reader, you just start to worry you are going to be lost by her so many and so multi-dimensional thoughts, she brings you back to the main road lightly. I admire her unique talent.
Aug 30, 2009 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 intellectual honesty,
Oct 21, 2015 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
Esmeralda Plangesis
Jan 31, 2012 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
Nov 03, 2014 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
Sonja ✧ Badass Wanderer ✧
A Room of One's Own: read the 3rd of January 2016
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
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C.a. Anderson
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Virginia Woolf essays speak the truth about Women and writing fiction. A true feminist.
Angel 一匹狼
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When I was doing some research into masculinities (the things one has to do in their life; kidding, it is actually very interesting) one name kept popping in many of the articles I was reading: Virginia Woolf. And one of her works: "Three Guineas". Curiously, I never got to read it while writing my essay, but when I found it in the library my hands took it before I had noticed.

And what can I say? It was the best decision I have taken in respect of a book since my never very obedient
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