Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life

Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life

by Julia Briggs

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Overview

Virginia Woolf is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century literature. She was original, passionate, vivid, dedicated to her art. Yet most writing about her still revolves around her social life and the Bloomsbury set. 

In this fresh, absorbing book, Julia Briggs puts the writing back at the center of Woolf’s life, reads that life through her work, and mines the novels themselves to create a compelling new form of biography. Analyzing Woolf’s own commentary on the creative process through her letters, diaries, and essays, Julia Briggs has produced a book that is a convincing, moving portrait of an artist, as well as a profound meditation on the nature of creativity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156032292
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/06/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 546
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

JULIA BRIGGS is a professor of English at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. She was professor of Woolf studies at Hereford College, Oxford, for many years and is currently the editor of the reprint series of Woolf's novels. She lives in Leicester.

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The Grumpy Vegan just finished Julia Briggs' Virginia Woolf--An inner life. This is a stupendous book. Part biography and part literary criticism, each chapter focuses on one or more of Virginia's fiction and nonfiction. It's a brilliant insight into Virginia's creative process. Briggs' writes with great insight."As the guardians and interpreters of culture, artists are or become peculiarly receptive, or vulnerable to their times. Though Woolf did not believe in a personal God, "A Sketch of the Past" shows that she did believe in some kind of 'world soul' embodied in beauty, form and meaning, and transmitted by great artists: 'all human beings -- are connected with this; ... the whole world is a work of art; ... we are parts of the works of art ... we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.' But if we are the words and the music, we must also participate in evil creations -- in bombs, concentration camps and gas chambers."