Moments of Being: A Collection of Autobiographical Writing

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Moments of Being contains Virginia Woolf's only autobiographical writing. In "Reminiscences," the first of five pieces, she focuses on the death of her mother, "the greatest disaster that could happen," and its effect on her father, the demanding Victorian patriarch. Three of the papers were composed to be read to the Memoir Club, a postwar regrouping of Bloomsbury, which exacted absolute candor of its members.

"A Sketch of the Past" is the longest and most significant of the pieces, giving an account of Virginia...

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Overview

Moments of Being contains Virginia Woolf's only autobiographical writing. In "Reminiscences," the first of five pieces, she focuses on the death of her mother, "the greatest disaster that could happen," and its effect on her father, the demanding Victorian patriarch. Three of the papers were composed to be read to the Memoir Club, a postwar regrouping of Bloomsbury, which exacted absolute candor of its members.

"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156619189
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1985
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 245,516
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Virginia Woolf

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.

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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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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Virginia Woolf, her words live on

    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.

    Kathy S.

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