Flush: A Biography

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First published in 1933, Flush is the lively story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel, and a glimpse into the life of his owner.

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First published in 1933, Flush is the lively story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel, and a glimpse into the life of his owner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099438014
  • Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.

Biography

Virginia Woolf is now recognized as a major twentieth-century author, a great novelist and essayist and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and a modernist. Born in 1882, she was the daughter of the editor and critic Leslie Stephen, and suffered a traumatic adolescence after the deaths of her mother, in 1895, and her stepsister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. Her father died in 1904 and two years later her favorite brother Thoby died suddenly of typhoid. With her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, she was drawn into the company of writers and artists such as Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, later known as the Bloomsbury Group. Among them she met Leonard Woolf, whom she married in 1912, and together they founded the Hogarth Press in 1917, which was to publish the work of T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and Katherine Mansfield as well as the earliest translations of Freud. Woolf lived an energetic life among friends and family, reviewing and writing, and dividing her time between London and the Sussex Downs. In 1941, fearing another attack of mental illness, she drowned herself.

Her first novel, The Voyage Out, appeared in 1915, and she then worked through the transitional Night and Day (1919) to the highly experimental and impressionistic Jacob's Room (1922). From then on her fiction became a series of brilliant and extraordinarily varied experiments, each one searching for a fresh way of presenting the relationship between individual lives and the forces of society and history. She was particularly concerned with women's experience, not only in her novels but also in her essays and her two books of feminist polemic, A Room of One's Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1938). Her major novels include Mrs. Dalloway (1925), the historical fantasy Orlando (1928), written for Vita Sackville-West, the extraordinarily poetic vision of The Waves (1931), the family saga of The Years (1937), and Between the Acts (1941).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 25, 1882
    2. Place of Birth:
      London
    1. Date of Death:
      March 28, 1941
    2. Place of Death:
      Sussex, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2005

    one of my favorite books

    This biography of Flush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's dog, is a wonderful read. It expands the notions/boundaries of biography, something Woolf was interested in, and it tells the unusual story of a figure whose story would not, in the normal course of things, get told: Flush. We also get a picture of the courtship between the poet and Robert Browning, as well as an evocative description of Victorian England at that period. This is both a whimsical and a serious book, and it's possibly one of Woolf's most fun books. There is humor, emotion, thoughtful analysis of class and gender issues, and Woolf's writing is, as always, exquisite yet highly accessible. I highly recommend this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2002

    wow! quite good, actually

    I had just finished Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway" when i picked up "Flush." I was a bit leery because it was through the eyes of a dog, and i'm not a big animal story person, but this book was GREAT!! It was amusing, charming, emotional, and realistic. We get to see into the life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the life of her dog in such a way that one could almost wish for another book as a continuation. It was beautifully written and it really makes me respect Woolf as an author all the more.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    Best book I've read in several years!

    As both a bibliophile and a dog lover, I found this book to be delightful! It sounds absurd to say that a book by Virginia Woolf was "sweet," and yet that is a fact. This is the fictional story of Flush, the real-life pet of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and is based on the dog's actual experiences. It was written from the point of view of Flush himself, and it was quite unique! I didn't want the book to end. My only complaint about "Flush" is that it was too short!

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