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"A Sketch of the Past" is the longest and most significant of the pieces, giving an account of Virginia...
"A Sketch of the Past" is the longest and most significant of the pieces, giving an account of Virginia Woolf's early years in the family household at 22 Hyde Park Gate. A recently discovered manuscript belonging to this memoir has provided material that further illuminates her relationship to her father, Leslie Stephen, who played a crucial role in her development as an individual and as a writer.
This book is a second edition, which provides additional enlightening material, adding to Virginia Woolf's life story. This edited version by Jeanne Schulkind, works it all together, beautifully. Editor's Notes appear at the beginning of this book, which explains the reasoning for this new information to be added. To quote in part: [The new information] ...was not taken without the most careful consideration. The undeniable interest and value of these memoirs, however, left those involved in the decision with no doubts.
As most readers of Virginia Woolf know, she was one of the most progressive thinkers and writers of her time. And in my estimation, she is timeless. Getting to know just who this woman was, it is not an easy task. I have personally read many of her books, and books by others, describing what this woman was about.
How does she captivate and hold her readers, still, today? She was most definitely a woman of mystery, but said so much about herself, within all of her writings, you just have to feel the words, and allow yourself to see her shining through.
This wonderful memoir will give you those beginning insights she wanted to share with us, and is still sharing with her readers today.
I enjoyed reading her candid words, about her childhood, parents, syblings, friends, writing, and a life which was full to overflowing in her pages of story telling over the years. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, and still do. I will continue to read and quote her lyrical words.
Posted September 27, 2010
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