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.
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."
The Diary of Virginia Woolf has been acclaimed as a masterpiece. Anne Olivier Bell edited
the five-volume original, and she has now abridged the Diary in this splendidly readable single volume edition. “A fine opportunity to experience Woolf’s biting wit ...
These early journals record Virginia Woolf's sublime trajectory (Bloomsbury Review) from a gifted adolescent to
a professional writer and complete the magnificent self-portrait provided by her published letters and diaries. Edited and with a Preface and Introduction by Mitchell A. ...
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Biography of the Year "Stunning . . . Eig's brilliant, exhaustive book is the biography the champ deserves." —NPR.org The definitive biography of an American ...
This fourth volume of the first complete edition of Virginia Woolf's essays and reviews celebrates
her maturing vitality and wonderfully reveals her prodigious reading, wit, and original intelligence. Written while she worked on To the Lighthouse and Orlando, these pieces ...
Virginia Woolf's only play-a hilarious farce taken from the life of her great-aunt, Julia Margaret
Cameron, the famous Victorian photographer. It was first performed at Vanessa Bell's London studio in 1935 as one of Bloomsbury's theatrical evenings and later, in ...
The author's account of World War II, his wife's death, and his political and literary
activities. A splendid ending to one of the most remarkable literary achievements of our time (New York Times Book Review). Index; photographs.
Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The
Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an ...
A selection of twenty-nine essays. [Woolf's] essays...are lighter and easier than her fiction, and they
exude information and pleasure.... Everything she writes about novelists, like everything she writes about women, is fascinating.... Her well-stocked, academic, masculine mind is the ideal ...