These are the first two volumes in Overlook's new "Illustrated Lives" series, which attempts to depict the worlds of various monumental literary figures in a way that allows the reader to connect to them. Photographs and drawings, some never before published, depict the authors at various stages in life and also show us their homes, cities, family, and associates. Each volume also contains an essay written by an established scholar in the field. In addition to having written numerous volumes of poetry and edited the Publications of the English Goethe Society, Adler (King's Coll., London) has published extensively in the areas of German and Czech literature, including biographical and critical works on Kafka. Caws (CUNY) is a prolific author in the areas of modern English and French literature and has written several books and articles on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. The well-written volumes provide a good general introduction to these important figures for a novice audience, offering brief biographies and also discussing each author's major themes and styles. Forthcoming volumes will focus on F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov, and Samuel Beckett, and if these first two volumes are any indication, the series as a whole belongs in all public and school collections. Paolina Taglienti, Long Island Univ. Lib., Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Accompanied by approximately 100 photographs, reproductions of paintings, and other illustrations this biography focuses on Woolf's social world. Caws (English, French, and comparative literature, City U. of New York) relates the text to the illustrations, discussing Woolf's acquaintance with painters, writers, and other notable figures in her life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)