A Life of One's Own: A Guide to Better Living through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf

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the tradition of How Proust Can Change Your Life, a unique handbook for using the brilliance of Virginia Woolf to enhance everyday life

One of the most admired writers of the twentieth century, Virginia Woolf is as popular now as she ever was. In this remarkable book, award-winning professor Ilana R. Simons plumbs the depths of Woolf's words and career, drawing on them to produce a lively and accessible guide to more fulfilling, more original living inspired by one of ...

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Overview

the tradition of How Proust Can Change Your Life, a unique handbook for using the brilliance of Virginia Woolf to enhance everyday life

One of the most admired writers of the twentieth century, Virginia Woolf is as popular now as she ever was. In this remarkable book, award-winning professor Ilana R. Simons plumbs the depths of Woolf's words and career, drawing on them to produce a lively and accessible guide to more fulfilling, more original living inspired by one of literature's greatest observers of human nature. The result, beautifully packaged, is almost worthy of Woolf herself.

Chapter headings include:
• Accept Solitude
• Take on Challenging Friendships
• Change Routine
• Lie to Encourage Your Friends
• Read and Be More

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143112259
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilana R. Simons teaches at The New School in New York City. A recipient of the Willy Gorrissen Award for Teaching Excellence and the Molberger Fellowship for modernist scholarship, she is in training as a clinical psychologist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    Definately - A LIfe of One's Own

    Rarely do we get a chance to enter the little known world of an author¿s most private thoughts. We read their stories we see their character¿s visions through their voice. Plots are seamlessly developed along the way, blending the climactic concordance of these elements. But with this said, I hear a voice in which I have never heard before, by this author, Ilana Simons. She gives a personal account of another author, one who had fought to give her own voice to the world. Virginia Woolf becomes not just the central character to Ilana¿s story, but the narrator of this new author¿s dreams and visions. We see the many lives of Woolf, translated into a wealth of intertwining plots. There was not a single word unsaid, gathering us in and together, and around this captivating tribute to a woman to reckon with. Ilana has come to it with force and with beauty, showing us Virginia, a woman who wanted to be everything in life, but only after death, soared and became. Ilana gives us a rare and intimate voice, in the telling of Woolf¿s life¿s challenges, in turn applying them within her own life, then relating it into ours. This wisdom for us is unique, and graces each page she writes. Hard facts and ideas are folding and blending with soft personal thoughts within Virginia¿s thoughts, seeking and showing the feelings to which we can all identify. Virginia strived to relate to her everyday existence, an existence in which she fought her entire life to maintain with balance, while dealing with an illness that brought her life to an all too soon ending. It is, indeed, a rare voice we hear within this book Ilana showing us what desires can be fulfilled through Virginia¿s wisdom, works Virginia had fought to put in print Ilana has given to us her own voice, in print and straight to our ears, touching our own desires for a better life. There is no perfect self, or a perfect world, but with Ilana Simons¿ tender words, they translate Virginia Woolf¿s heart to our own. You will not come away hungry after reading this book, unless it is a hunger for life.

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