Flush: A Biography

Flush: A Biography

by Virginia Woolf
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Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf

A Biography, an imaginative biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cocker spaniel, is a cross-genre blend of fiction and nonfiction. Commonly read as a modernist consideration of city life seen through the eyes of a dog, Flush serves as a harsh criticism of the supposedly unnatural ways of living in the city. The figure of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the text is often read as an analogue for other female intellectuals, like Woolf herself, who suffered from illness, feigned or real, as a part of their status as female writers. Most insightful and experimental are Woolf’s emotional and philosophical views verbalized in Flush’s thoughts. As he spends more time with Barrett Browning, Flush becomes emotionally and spiritually connected to the poetess and both begin to understand each other despite their language barriers. For Flush smell is poetry, but for Barrett Browning, poetry is impossible without words. In Flush Woolf examines the barriers that exist between woman and animal created by language yet overcome through symbolic actions

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BN ID: 2940148673804
Publisher: Hillside Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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About the Author

Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929) with its famous dictum, "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction".Wikipedia
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Date of Birth:

January 25, 1882

Date of Death:

March 28, 1941

Place of Birth:


Place of Death:

Sussex, England


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Flush 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This biography of Flush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's dog, is a wonderful read. It expands the notions/boundaries of biography, something Woolf was interested in, and it tells the unusual story of a figure whose story would not, in the normal course of things, get told: Flush. We also get a picture of the courtship between the poet and Robert Browning, as well as an evocative description of Victorian England at that period. This is both a whimsical and a serious book, and it's possibly one of Woolf's most fun books. There is humor, emotion, thoughtful analysis of class and gender issues, and Woolf's writing is, as always, exquisite yet highly accessible. I highly recommend this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had just finished Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway" when i picked up "Flush." I was a bit leery because it was through the eyes of a dog, and i'm not a big animal story person, but this book was GREAT!! It was amusing, charming, emotional, and realistic. We get to see into the life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the life of her dog in such a way that one could almost wish for another book as a continuation. It was beautifully written and it really makes me respect Woolf as an author all the more.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
As both a bibliophile and a dog lover, I found this book to be delightful! It sounds absurd to say that a book by Virginia Woolf was "sweet," and yet that is a fact. This is the fictional story of Flush, the real-life pet of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and is based on the dog's actual experiences. It was written from the point of view of Flush himself, and it was quite unique! I didn't want the book to end. My only complaint about "Flush" is that it was too short!
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