Virginia Woolf: The Will to Create as a Woman

Overview

In 1935, while Virginia Woolf was alive and building her career as a woman writer, Ruth Gruber published a seminal essay on the novelist that is now seen as the first feminist interpretation of Woolf's writings and life. Seventy years after its original publication, Gruber's seminal critique is available once again, with new material that makes it more relevant for readers today. Virginia Woolf: The Will to Create as a Woman includes several previously unpublished letters exchanged between Woolf and Gruber, and a...
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Overview

In 1935, while Virginia Woolf was alive and building her career as a woman writer, Ruth Gruber published a seminal essay on the novelist that is now seen as the first feminist interpretation of Woolf's writings and life. Seventy years after its original publication, Gruber's seminal critique is available once again, with new material that makes it more relevant for readers today. Virginia Woolf: The Will to Create as a Woman includes several previously unpublished letters exchanged between Woolf and Gruber, and a new introduction in which Gruber recalls her 1933 meeting with the English writer, examining the questions surrounding Woolf's bi-polar illness and anti-Semitism. In this groundbreaking assessment of Woolf's philosophy, influences, and style, Gruber laid the groundwork for a generation of future feminist analyses. She cogently examines Woolf's concept of gender and her literary influences, adeptly discussing how Woolf constructed a feminine writing style in a realm dominated by men. Above all, she shows how Woolf consciously strove to create as a woman. Virginia Woolf's experimental prose and her struggles with mental illness have made her an enduringly provocative figure, and today, more than sixty years after her suicide, Woolf's writing continues to fascinate and inspire readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641976421
  • Publisher: Perseus Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : my hours with Virginia Woolf 1
Letter from Peggy Belsher of Hogarth Press to Ruth Gruber, Dec. 16, 1931 39
Letter of recommendation from Barnes & Noble editor A. W. Littlefield, Feb. 25, 1933 40
Letter from Ruth Gruber to Virginia Woolf, May 8, 1935 41
Letter from M. West of Hogarth Press to Ruth Gruber, May 17, 1935 42
Letter from Ruth Gruber to M. West of Hogarth Press, May 28, 1935 43
Letter from Virginia Woolf to Ruth Gruber, June 21, 1935 44
Letter from Virginia Woolf to Ruth Gruber, Oct. 12, 1935 45
Letter from Ruth Gruber to Virginia Woolf, Dec. 27, 1935 46
Letter from Virginia Woolf to Ruth Gruber, Jan. 10, 1936 47
Promotional booklet for lecture bureau representing Dr. Ruth Gruber 48
Letter from Nigel Nicolson to Aida Lovell (for Ruth Gruber), Aug. 31, 1989 52
Letter from Ruth Gruber to Nigel Nicolson, Sept. 15, 1989 53
Letter from Nigel Nicolson to Ruth Gruber, Sept. 25, 1989 54
Virginia Woolf : a study by Ruth Gruber, originally published in 1935 55
Ch. 1 The poet versus the critic 61
Ch. 2 The struggle for a style 69
Ch. 3 Literary influences : the formation of a style 84
Ch. 4 The style completed and the thought implied 99
Ch. 5 "The waves" - the rhythm of conflicts 124
Ch. 6 The will to create as a woman 138
A mystery solved 161
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