Flush

Flush

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by Virginia Woolf
     
 

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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. Introduction by Trekkie Ritchie.

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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. Introduction by Trekkie Ritchie.

Editorial Reviews

London Review of Books
When Flush was published in 1933, feminist reviewers (Rebbecca West and Rose Macaulay among them) immediately drew parallels between the spaniel and Elizabeth Barrett, seeing his story as her psychological biography: she is petted and confined like him, always subject to the will of others. Flush marks the distance Woolf gave herself from Victorian femininity and from the 'poetess' whose literary excesses, as she saw them, were the result of an overwrought, hot-house life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547539645
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/04/1976
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
397,267
File size:
107 KB

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 25, 1882
Date of Death:
March 28, 1941
Place of Birth:
London
Place of Death:
Sussex, England
Education:
Home schooling

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Flush 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
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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