The Wise Virgins

The Wise Virgins

by Leonard Woolf, Victoria Glendinning
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300126530

ISBN-13: 9780300126532

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

The Wise Virgins (1914), Leonard Woolf’s second novel, was published two years after the author’s marriage to Virginia Stephen—and begun during their honeymoon. The autobiographical elements of the book are well documented. Its publication caused acute distress to Woolf’s family. Leonard’s sister, Bella, urged him to bury the

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The Wise Virgins (1914), Leonard Woolf’s second novel, was published two years after the author’s marriage to Virginia Stephen—and begun during their honeymoon. The autobiographical elements of the book are well documented. Its publication caused acute distress to Woolf’s family. Leonard’s sister, Bella, urged him to bury the novel, while his mother was shocked and mortified by unflattering portraits of herself and her neighbors. Two weeks after reading the novel, Virginia Woolf suffered the worst of her many breakdowns.

As a roman à clef the novel holds considerable interest for its picture of Leonard and Virginia’s courtship, as well as its sketches of Vanessa Stephen and Clive Bell. (Virginia would later retell the story, from a much different perspective, in Night and Day.) But the novel offers the contemporary reader other rewards. It remains a witty, engaging satire about English society just before World War I and its conventions and prejudices. In Harry Davis, Woolf created a memorable Jewish antihero who rails against society’s conventions but tragically finds himself unable to escape them. Award-winning biographer Victoria Glendinning contributes a foreword to this new paperback edition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300126532
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Victoria Glendinning....................vii
CHAPTER 1 Begins with Words in a Garden....................1
CHAPTER 2 The Words of Mrs Garland and Mrs Davis....................16
CHAPTER 3 The Words of Art and Intellect....................36
CHAPTER 4 Opinions upon a River....................60
CHAPTER 5 Opinions and Emotions in a Country House....................90
CHAPTER 6 Katharine's Opinion of her Sister....................112
CHAPTER 7 Camilla Neglects to Make up her Mind....................124
CHAPTER 8 Camilla's Opinion and Gwen's Emotion....................133
CHAPTER 9 Camilla Makes up her Mind....................163
CHAPTER 10 Camilla's Mind....................183
CHAPTER 11 Harry's Opinions upon Life....................186
CHAPTER 12 Harry's Opinions on Life continued....................212
CHAPTER 13 Gwen again becomes Emotional....................229
CHAPTER 14 The Defeat of Words and Opinions....................248
CHAPTER 15 The Victory of Opinion....................253
CHAPTER 16 The Emotions of Harry and Camilla....................263
CHAPTER 17 Ends with Words....................275

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