Flush: A Biographyby Virginia Woolf, Alison Light (Foreword by)
This story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cocker spaniel, Flush, enchants right from the opening pages. Although Flush has adventures of his own with bullying dogs, horrid maids, and robbers, he also provides the reader with a glimpse into Browning's life.
- Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.93(w) x 5.11(h) x 0.40(d)
Meet the Author
Elizabeth Steele was formerly in the Department of English at the University of Toledo.
- Date of Birth:
- January 25, 1882
- Date of Death:
- March 28, 1941
- Place of Birth:
- Place of Death:
- Sussex, England
- Home schooling
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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!!!
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.
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!