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Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should Enjoy

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Virginia Woolf books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. To the Lighthouse (1989)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should Enjoy“Radiant as [To the Lighthouse] is in its beauty, there could never be a mistake about it: here is a novel to the last degree severe and uncompromising. I think that beyond being about the very nature of reality, it is itself a vision of reality.”—Eudora Welty, from the Introduction.The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and…
Author(s): Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty

2. Mrs. Dalloway (1990)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should Enjoy In Mrs. Dalloway, the novel on which the movie The Hours was based, Virginia Woolf details Clarissa Dalloway’s preparations for a party of which she is to be hostess, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life. The novel “contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century” (Michael Cunningham)….
Author(s): Virginia Woolf

3. Orlando: A Biography (1973)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should EnjoyIn her most exuberant, most fanciful novel, Woolf has created a character liberated from the restraints of time and sex. Born in the Elizabethan Age to wealth and position, Orlando is a young nobleman at the beginning of the story-and a modern woman three centuries later. “A poetic masterpiece of the first rank” (Rebecca West). The source of a critically acclaimed 1993 feature film directed by Sally Potter. Index; illustrations….
Author(s): Virginia Woolf

4. A Room of One’s Own (1989)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should Enjoy In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different. This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. If only she had found the means to create, argues Woolf, she would have reached the same heights as her immortal sibling. In this classic essay, she takes on the establishment, using her gift of language to dissect the world around her and give voice to those who are without. Her message is a simple one: women must have a fixed income and a room of their own…
Author(s): Virginia Woolf

5. The Waves (1950)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should EnjoySet on the coast of England against the vivid background of the sea, The Waves introduces six characters—three men and three women—who are grappling with the death of a beloved friend, Percival. Instead of describing their outward expressions of grief, Virginia Woolf draws her characters from the inside, revealing their, inner lives: their aspirations, their triumphs and regrets, their awareness of unity and isolation.   …
Author(s): Virginia Woolf

6. A Writer’s Diary (2003)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should EnjoyAn invaluable guide to the art and mind of Virginia Woolf, drawn by her husband from the personal record she kept over a period of twenty-seven years. Included are entries that refer to her own writing, others that are clearly writing exercises; accounts of people and scenes relevant to the raw material of her work; and comments on books she was reading. Edited and with a Preface by Leonard Woolf; Indices….
Author(s): Virginia Woolf

7. Moments of Being (1985)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should EnjoyA collection of five memoir pieces written for different audiences spanning almost four decades, Moments of Being reveals the remarkable unity of Virginia Woolf’s art, thought, and sensibility. “Reminiscences,” written during her apprenticeship period, exposes the childhood shared by Woolf and her sister, Vanessa, while “A sketch of the Past” illuminates the relationship with her father, Leslie Stephens, who played a crucial role in her development as an individual a writer. Of the final three pieces, composed for the…
Author(s): Virginia Woolf

8. The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf: Second Edition (1989)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should EnjoyWoolf continually used stories and sketches to experiment with narrative models and themes for her novels. This collection of nearly fifty pieces brings together the contents of two published volumes, A Haunted House and Mrs. Dalloway’s Party; a number of uncollected stories; and several previously unpublished pieces. Edited and with an Introduction by Susan Dick….
Author(s): Virginia Woolf

9. Flush: A Biography (2013)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should Enjoy2013 Reprint of 1933 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. “Flush: A Biography,” an imaginative biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel, is a cross-genre blend of fiction and nonfiction published in 1933. Written after the completion of her emotionally draining “The Waves,” the work returned Woolf to the imaginative consideration of English history that she had begun in “Orlando: A Biography,” and to which she would return in “Between the Acts.” Commonly read as a…
Author(s): Virginia Woolf

10. The Common Reader: First Series, Annotated Edition (2002)

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should EnjoyWoolf’s first and most popular volume of essays. This collection has more than twenty-five selections, including such important statements as “Modern Fiction” and “The Modern Essay.” Edited and with an Introduction by Andrew McNeillie; Index….
Author(s): Virginia Woolf

Best Virginia Woolf Books You Should Enjoy

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All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

Author(s): Katharine Smyth
Publisher: Crown, Year: 29 Jan 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2321799

Virginia Woolf’s Rooms and the Spaces of Modernity

Author(s): Suzana Zink
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2204046

Modernist Lives: Biography and Autobiography at Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press

Author(s): Claire Battershill
Publisher: Continnuum-3pl, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2286056

Walking Virginia Woolf’s London : An Investigation in Literary Geography

Author(s): Lisbeth Larsson, Virginia Wolf
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2134011

The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year That Changed Literature

Author(s): Bill Goldstein
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., Year: 2017, Size: 15 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2169585

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