The Death of the Moth and Other Essays

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A highly acclaimed collection of twenty-eight essays, sketches, and short stories presenting nearly every facet of the author's work. "Up to the author's highest standard in a literary form that was most congenial to her" (Times Literary Supplement (London)). "Exquisitely written" (New Yorker); "The riches of this book are overwhelming" (Christian Science Monitor). Editorial Note by Leonard Woolf.
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A highly acclaimed collection of twenty-eight essays, sketches, and short stories presenting nearly every facet of the author's work. "Up to the author's highest standard in a literary form that was most congenial to her" (Times Literary Supplement (London)). "Exquisitely written" (New Yorker); "The riches of this book are overwhelming" (Christian Science Monitor). Editorial Note by Leonard Woolf.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156252348
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/19/1974
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 553,762
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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.

Biography

Virginia Woolf is now recognized as a major twentieth-century author, a great novelist and essayist and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and a modernist. Born in 1882, she was the daughter of the editor and critic Leslie Stephen, and suffered a traumatic adolescence after the deaths of her mother, in 1895, and her stepsister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. Her father died in 1904 and two years later her favorite brother Thoby died suddenly of typhoid. With her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, she was drawn into the company of writers and artists such as Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, later known as the Bloomsbury Group. Among them she met Leonard Woolf, whom she married in 1912, and together they founded the Hogarth Press in 1917, which was to publish the work of T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and Katherine Mansfield as well as the earliest translations of Freud. Woolf lived an energetic life among friends and family, reviewing and writing, and dividing her time between London and the Sussex Downs. In 1941, fearing another attack of mental illness, she drowned herself.

Her first novel, The Voyage Out, appeared in 1915, and she then worked through the transitional Night and Day (1919) to the highly experimental and impressionistic Jacob's Room (1922). From then on her fiction became a series of brilliant and extraordinarily varied experiments, each one searching for a fresh way of presenting the relationship between individual lives and the forces of society and history. She was particularly concerned with women's experience, not only in her novels but also in her essays and her two books of feminist polemic, A Room of One's Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1938). Her major novels include Mrs. Dalloway (1925), the historical fantasy Orlando (1928), written for Vita Sackville-West, the extraordinarily poetic vision of The Waves (1931), the family saga of The Years (1937), and Between the Acts (1941).

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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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

Table of Contents

The Death of the Moth 3
Evening Over Sussex: Reflections in a Motor Car 7
Three Pictures 12
Old Mrs. Grey 17
Street Haunting 20
Jones and Wilkinson 37
"Twelfth Night" at the Old Vic 45
Madame de Sevigne 51
The Humane Art 58
Two Antiquaries: Walpole and Cole 64
The Rev. William Cole: A Letter 76
The Historian and "The Gibbon" 82
Reflections at Sheffield Place 94
The Man at the Gate 104
Sara Coleridge 111
"Not One of Us" 119
Henry James 129
1. Within the Rim
2. The Old Order
3. The Letters of Henry James
George Moore 156
The Novels of E. M. Forster 162
Middlebrow 176
The Art of Biography 187
Craftsmanship 198
A Letter to a Young Poet 208
Why? 227
Professions for Women 235
Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid 243
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