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Virginia Woolf: A Critical Memoir

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Holtby gives us Woolf the critic, the essayist and the experimental novelist in a critical memoir which is of particular interest as the work of one intelligent, though very different, novelist commenting on another. Holtby's careful reading of Woolf's work is set in the context of the debate between modernist and traditional writing in the 1920s and 1930s. Although Holtby greatly admires Woolf's art, she considers its limitations as an elite form that ignores the material conditions of everyday life and the ...

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Overview

Holtby gives us Woolf the critic, the essayist and the experimental novelist in a critical memoir which is of particular interest as the work of one intelligent, though very different, novelist commenting on another. Holtby's careful reading of Woolf's work is set in the context of the debate between modernist and traditional writing in the 1920s and 1930s. Although Holtby greatly admires Woolf's art, she considers its limitations as an elite form that ignores the material conditions of everyday life and the consequent social responsibility expected of the novel.   Choosing to write about Woolf as ‘the author whose art seemed most of all removed from anything I could ever attempt, and whose experience was most alien to my own,' Holtby has written a candid appreciation of the complex, groundbreaking work of a contemporary writer at the height of her career.

Winifred Holtby was a novelist, jourbanalist and social reformer, who campaigned for the causes of peace and sexual and racial equality. Her most famous work is the novel South Riding, published posthumously in 1936. She died in 1935.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826494436
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,433,113
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Winifred Holtby (1898-1935) was a novelist, journalist and social reformer, who campaigned for the causes of peace and feminism, and for the improvement of the working conditions of black workers in South Africa. She was a great friend of Vera Brittain who wrote a tribute to her in Testament of Friendship. Holtby's most famous, and lasting, work is her novel, South Riding, published posthumously in 1936.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

The Advantages of being Virginia Stephen

The Uncommon Reader

"The Voyage Out"

Virginia Woolf is not Jane Austen

"Out of the Window"

Cinematograph

The adventure justified

Two in a taxi

"The Waves" - and after?

Bibliography

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