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Leonard and Virginia Woolf : a literary partnership

Author: Peter Alexander
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This new study of the relationship of Leonard and Virginia Woolf is based on two controversial assumptions: that 'Bloomsbury' never existed and that Virginia Woolf does not deserve her reputation as one of the greatest figures of English literary history. Aiming to restore perceptions of Leonard and Virginia Woolf to a more realistic level, without undermining their considerable achievements, Peter Alexander focuses  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Virginia Woolf; Leonard Woolf; Leonard (Publizist) Woolf; Virginia Woolf; Leonard Woolf; Virginia Woolf
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Alexander
ISBN: 031209082X 9780312090821
OCLC Number: 26398770
Description: xi, 265 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Virginia Stephen, 1882-1911 --
3. Leonard Woolf, 1880-1911 --
4. Marriage, 1911-12 --
5. The Empty Cradle, 1912-16 --
6. The Prototypes, 1916-19 --
7. Creators and Critics, 1918-25 --
8. Virginia's Children, 1925-33 --
9. Preparing to Leave, 1933-41 --
10. A Little Winter-love, 1941-69 --
11. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Peter F. Alexander.
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This new study of the relationship of Leonard and Virginia Woolf is based on two controversial assumptions: that 'Bloomsbury' never existed and that Virginia Woolf does not deserve her reputation as one of the greatest figures of English literary history. Aiming to restore perceptions of Leonard and Virginia Woolf to a more realistic level, without undermining their considerable achievements, Peter Alexander focuses on the surprising literary influence which Leonard and Virginia had on each other and the difficult yet fruitful partnership which they forged. Clearly, Leonard Woolf had a profound effect on Virginia's writing, not merely in caring for her and providing the circumstances in which she could write, but in offering her a model of sensibility so different from her own that she was continually reacting against it, or (more damagingly) trying to emulate it. For her part, Virginia stimulated Leonard into writing novels, provided him with compelling subject matter through her prejudiced reactions to himself, and ultimately influenced not only the course of his writing, but even the style of his late autobiography. Making extensive use of both unpublished and recently published material, including Leonard Woolf's letters and Virginia Woolf's early journals, this illustrated book combines the intellectual energy of a critical study with the excitement and narrative drive of a groundbreaking biography.

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