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Virginia Woolf: een schrijversleven

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Deze aantrekkelijke, handzame biografie vertelt hoe een gedreven jonge vrouw, met haar onafscheidelijke notitieboekje, een van de grootste schrijvers uit de wereldliteratuur werd. Het is een verhaal dat bruist van vriendschap, liefde, humor, taal – een van uur tot uur en van dag tot dag intens geleid leven, geïnspireerd door en gewijd aan literatuur en kunst.
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Published March 2015 by Hollands Diep (first published October 1st 2011)
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Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really a biography, but a biographical study. This book is beautifully written, but so short that it can't really go into any detail about any aspect of Woolf's life, and she remains a distant presence throughout. There are good mini-essays about many of her works, and the last chapter, about her literary legacy, is particularly interesting. ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be a better biography of Woolf than I'd thought when I first started reading it. I would recommend it for the reader who is just beginning to discover Virginia Woolf and knows little, if anything, about her family background, the Bloomsbury group, or her novels and books of criticism.

Harris also provides brief analyses of Woolf's novels, which often explain a bit too much about the novels and might influence the new reader's thoughts and reactions to them. I'm not sure that th
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, loved
What an intriguing book on such a complex and vibrant woman. Virginia is such a rich character to write about and Harris has allowed us a glimpse into the life of this groundbreaking woman. Virginia gave herself to her writing. It is what allowed her to get through her times of illness, which were frequent and which eventually took her life. She was a prolific writer, writing essays, reviews, novels and non- fiction. Her marriage to Leonard Woolf was the stabilising force in her life even with ...more
Rudy Oldeschulte
Brilliant. Evokes a great deal of fresh perspective on Virginia Woolf - and her writings, her thought, particularly on Orlando. Though one might think there is little room for yet another biography, this one does the job masterfully - I have gone back and read a few VW works with fresh eyes - following my read of Harris' book. ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written and succinct guide to Virginia Woolf and her life and work. Ideal for undergraduates and for those just beginning their study of Woolf.

There isn't a lot to say about this one. It's a concise overview of Woolf's life and work, best for those who are only mildly curious and just looking for the basics, or someone looking for an introduction before moving on to meatier stuff. Not badly written and has some occasional insight into Woolf's work, but not a definitive source by any means.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-retirement
A wonderful introduction to Woolf's life and works - even this long time Woolf scholar learned some new things. Alexandra Harris again marries a staggering amount of research with a light touch and thoughtful commentary. This is a very enjoyable read for Woolf newbies and long-time fans alike. Next time : the Hermione Lee biography! ...more
Sarah Whalley
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book about Virginia Woolf—not in-depth, but an excellent overview of Woolf’s best works, along with a collection of photographs that includes original artwork for some of Woolf’s book covers designed by her artist sister Vanessa Bell (which are terrific). It also includes photographs of Woolf with various family members, several of relatives and friends, and select images of Vanessa’s paintings. The latter I enjoyed immensely. Though I knew Virginia’s sister was an artist I wasn’t fam ...more
J. Walker
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 200 pages, Alexandra Harris spoke more sense with more clarity about the person Virginia Wipoolf was than volumes of Quentin Bell's evasions.
This is not a full-length biography by any means more of a full-length analysis that works beautifully, with its own moments of beauty.
If you already love Virginia, as a writer, as a woman, or as an icon, this is one pleasurable journey.
And I cannot say enough about the 46 illustrations. Matched with the heavy-duty paper, the images reproduced
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent overview of Woolf's life. Easy to read, covering all the major points, with astute observations. Great for someone who is intimidated by the (HUGE) daunting biographies of Woolf. It definitely made me curious to read more of her work, and perhaps try to tackle Hermione Lee's biography of her sometime soon. ...more
Jeff Howells
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short biography of Virginia Woolf designed as a jumping off point for those who want to learn more about her. I have to say it succeeds admirably. I’ve read a couple of her novels plus a few books about her & I knew a bit about her life already from reading about the Bloomsbury group. This book though has convinced me to dig deeper into her life & her other writings...
Trish Halligan
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A small but perfectly formed biography of Virginia Woolf. Refreshingly, Alexandra Harris chose to make this book about Woolf's life and thoughts, rather than her mental illness and death. Not every author gets the biographer they deserve; Woolf has this in Harris. ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Virginia Woolf has a habit of changing shape to stay alive.”

“There will be no finished picture of Virginia Woolf.”
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first biography - this book explores family, anxieties and talents of Virginia Woolf.
Martin Smith
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice concisely written overview of Woolf’s life and work. Highly educational and often moving.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modernism, biography
An excellent, short, sensitive biography - a good prelude
Nadja Bauer
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written biography espeally introducing her work.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly beautifully written and a great insight to help uncover Virginia Woolf as an individual. Shame it’s so short, it almost feels a little rushed at times.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable short biog, providing context for her novels and exploring how her reputation has changed and how she has been served by commentators through the years.
Peri Martin
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in a single sitting - quite literally couldn’t put it down!! :)
Hsu Cherry
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clear explanation and analysis on Woolf. I would say I was hoping for the raw version of Woolf life but this version make it faster to look into her life.
Mariann Komlós
Now I want to write and now I want to read every single word Virginia Woolf has ever written 😉🤓

Not having read any of Woolf's works yet, I picked up this biography of her to familiarise myself with the Writer before I embark on what now seems even more of a challenge to read her books. In the process of reading this biography, I listened to an audio book of A Room of One's Own. The ideas and arguments presented there appealed to me and, complemented by her biography, helped me understand her a little better, but also confirmed my suspicion that her work is likely going to be difficult to
Dickon Edwards
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, sharp introduction to Woolf's life and work, with lots of photos. Despite this, Ms Harris writes with a sophisticated enough style to suit both academics and general readers. She also does what the more expansive 90s biog by Hermione Lee can't - updates the legacy of Woolf to suggest that the Hollywood film The Hours unfairly simplifies Woolf as mentally ill, self-absorbed and intense. All of which was true from time to time, but is rather unfair to her other, less filmic characteristics: ...more
All in all, I'm glad I read this version of Woolf's life. I appreciated the overall brevity and the pictures incorporated throughout. But there was something about the tone of the biography and its insistence on drawing every detail of Woolf's life back to scenes in her fiction that felt very forced. It should be impossible to encapsulate Woolf's whole life in a 170 page book, and yet this book attempts to discuss her whole life and most of her works in one (relatively) short summary. The one sa ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
The author has certainly achieved her goal. This biography contains enough information to get an idea of who Virginia Woolf was, what she stood for, and if she stood for anything. It is very clearly an introduction to her life and work, and by no means a complete biography - which it doesn't claim to be. The writing is very fluent - I finished it in one day. Even though I've been 'obsessed' with Virginia Woolf for a few years now, there are still some pictures I haven't seen yet. I hope Alexandr ...more
Ruth Brumby
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent biography. It does what Alexandra Harris says she set out to do: presents in a concise form the outline of Woolf's life and some of the most distinctive patterns of her thought. It was indeed a useful first port of call and an enticement to read more. Hermione Lee next! Alexandra Harris balances well the personal and impersonal, focus on life and on writing, detail and overview. She writes clearly and thoughtfully so that this biography was a pleasure to read as well as info ...more
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
A well written and concise account of the life and works of Virginia Woolf. For anyone new to the biography of Woolf this is a great book to introduce such a fantastic writer. However, having read Hermione Lee's brilliant biography I couldn't give this a higher rating. Harris admits she is indebted to Lee's work and it does show as, for me at least, her book hasn't added anything new to my knowledge of Woolf. It served more as a nice refresher of one of my favourite writers. ...more
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