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Times Literary Supplement[An] elegant collection.
— Sally Bayley
With grace and style, noted Woolf critic and biographer Julia Briggs reconsiders the author's work from imaginative and unexpected angles, spanning her early fiction experiments to her late short story "The Symbol" and from the most to the least familiar of her novels, such as the neglected Night and Day.
Briggs investigates links between Woolf and writers like Byron and Shakespeare, her fascination with transitional places and moments, her ambivalent attitudes toward "Englishness" and censorship, and her methods of writing and revision. She examines the differences between the original British and American editions of Woolf's texts and the lesser-known changes she made after publication. Briggs's lively and engaging style will appeal to scholars and general readers alike.
— Sally Bayley
|Introduction : 'such absences!'||1|
|1||Virginia Woolf reads Shakespeare : or, her silence on Master William||8|
|2||'The proper writing of lives' : biography versus fiction in Woolf's early work||25|
|3||Night and day : the marriage of dreams and realities||42|
|4||Reading people, reading texts : 'Byron and Mr. Briggs'||63|
|5||'Modernism's lost hope' : Virginia Woolf, Hope Mirrlees and the printing of Paris||80|
|6||The search for form (i) : Fry, formalism and fiction||96|
|7||The search for form (ii) : revision and the numbers of time||113|
|8||'This moment I stand on' : Virginia Woolf and the spaces in time||125|
|9||'Like a shell on a sandhill' : Woolf's images of emptiness||141|
|10||Constantinople : at the crossroads of the imagination||152|
|11||The conversation behind the conversation : speaking the unspeakable||162|
|12||'Sudden intensities' : frame and focus in Woolf's later short stories||172|
|13||'Almost ashamed of England being so English' : Woolf and ideas of Englishness||190|
|14||Between the texts : Woolf's acts of revision||208|