Virginia Woolf (Illustrated Lives Series)

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Acclaimed scholar Mary Ann Caws examines the details of Woolf's career and haunted private life. Many of the accompanying illustrations showing Woolf and intimates from the famed Bloomsbury Circle-which included economist John Maynard Keynes and biographer Lytton Strachey-are published here for the very first time, along with other rare photos and portraits, providing rare insights into the mind of this enigmatic and influential writer.

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Overview

Acclaimed scholar Mary Ann Caws examines the details of Woolf's career and haunted private life. Many of the accompanying illustrations showing Woolf and intimates from the famed Bloomsbury Circle-which included economist John Maynard Keynes and biographer Lytton Strachey-are published here for the very first time, along with other rare photos and portraits, providing rare insights into the mind of this enigmatic and influential writer.

This book is part of a special series: Overlook Illustrated Lives. Each book is a handsome hardcover biography filled with color and black-and-white photographs and artwork that reveals the life of a great writer. The series includes: Franz Kafka by Jeremy Adler, Virginia Woolf by Mary Ann Caws, F. Scott Fitzgerald by Ruth Prigozy, Vladimir Nabakov by Jane Grayson , and Samuel Beckett by Gerry Dukes.
About the Author Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York. She is the author of many books, including works on the Bloomsbury Circle. Her most recent book is Picasso's Weeping Woman.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Biographical Details Love literature but lack leisure? Readers who appreciate the bestselling Penguin Lives series in theory but find the volumes a trifle text-heavy in practice will flock to the new Overlook Illustrated Lives series, in which scholars gloss the lives and times of great 20th-century writers in slim books replete with photographs. Ruth Prigozy's F. Scott Fitzgerald ($19.95 158p ISBN 1-58567-265-3; July), Jeremy Adler's Franz Kafka (164p -267-X) and Mary Ann Caws's Virginia Woolf (136p -264-5) make up the first batch; volumes on Nabokov and Beckett are slated for publication this fall. The reproductions of family portraits, letters, movie posters and paintings are fascinating, and the pared-down bios are clean and highly readable.(July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
These are the first two volumes in Overlook's new "Illustrated Lives" series, which attempts to depict the worlds of various monumental literary figures in a way that allows the reader to connect to them. Photographs and drawings, some never before published, depict the authors at various stages in life and also show us their homes, cities, family, and associates. Each volume also contains an essay written by an established scholar in the field. In addition to having written numerous volumes of poetry and edited the Publications of the English Goethe Society, Adler (King's Coll., London) has published extensively in the areas of German and Czech literature, including biographical and critical works on Kafka. Caws (CUNY) is a prolific author in the areas of modern English and French literature and has written several books and articles on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. The well-written volumes provide a good general introduction to these important figures for a novice audience, offering brief biographies and also discussing each author's major themes and styles. Forthcoming volumes will focus on F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov, and Samuel Beckett, and if these first two volumes are any indication, the series as a whole belongs in all public and school collections. Paolina Taglienti, Long Island Univ. Lib., Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Accompanied by approximately 100 photographs, reproductions of paintings, and other illustrations this biography focuses on Woolf's social world. Caws (English, French, and comparative literature, City U. of New York) relates the text to the illustrations, discussing Woolf's acquaintance with painters, writers, and other notable figures in her life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585675203
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Illustrated Lives Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Virginia Woolf
Making Scenes 1
Early Times: Hyde Park Gate and St Ives 3
Bloomsbury's London 13
Monk's House, Hogarth House and Charleston 27
Auppegard, Roquebrune and Cassis 41
Virginia and Vita 62
Travelling with Leonard and also with Roger 71
Virginia Woolf and Her Mind 79
Virginia Woolf: Reader and Writer 91
Virginia and Bloomsbury 97
Closer: Virginia's Expressing Herself 112
Leaving: the Ouse 120
Chronology 127
Bibliography 130
List of Illustrations 132
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