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Virginia Woolf

Author: Hermione Lee
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Hermione Lee has created a portrait - rich in detail, epic in scope - that lets us know Virginia Woolf as we never have before: how she looked, how she sounded, how she dressed and behaved, how she wrote. This book gives us a vivid sense of the texture of Woolf's daily life - her houses and habits, money and servants, parties and talk. And through her own words and newly published letters between family members and
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Virginia Woolf; Virginia Woolf
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hermione Lee
ISBN: 0679447075 9780679447078
OCLC Number: 36786158
Notes: Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 1996.
Description: xiii, 893 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: 1882-1904 --
Biography --
Houses --
Paternal --
Maternal --
Childhood --
Siblings --
Adolescence --
Abuses --
First loves --
"Madness" --
Part II: 1904-1919 --
Changes --
Thoby --
Experiments --
Liaisons--
"Bloomsbury" --
Subversives --
Leonard --
Marriage --
War --
The press --
Seeing life --
Katherine --
Reading --
Part III: 1919-1929 --
Monk's house --
Post-war --
Party-going --
A haunted house --
Vita --
Censors --
Selves --
Money and fame --
Part IV: 1929-1941 --
Ethel --
Young poets --
Loss --
Outsider --
Failure --
Fascism --
Waiting --
War --
Anon.
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Hermione Lee has created a portrait - rich in detail, epic in scope - that lets us know Virginia Woolf as we never have before: how she looked, how she sounded, how she dressed and behaved, how she wrote. This book gives us a vivid sense of the texture of Woolf's daily life - her houses and habits, money and servants, parties and talk. And through her own words and newly published letters between family members and friends, we gain a fresh and penetrating understanding.

Of Woolf's formative personal relationships: with her parents and siblings; with her husband, Leonard; with writers she edgily admired, such as T.S. Eliot and Katherine Mansfield; and with the women who changed her life, including Vita Sackville-West and Ethel Smyth. Lee casts aside the misleading received images of Woolf as an ethereal and emotionally dependent creature, and takes us deep inside her inner being. We see a brave, powerfully intelligent woman who suffered.

From a terrifying chronic illness and wrestled with the contradictions of her own character. And we see a tougher Woolf than we have previously known: a woman acutely alert to the realities of her times, a committed feminist, an opponent of every sort of political and intellectual fascism. At the same time, Lee offers an unequalled insight into the connections between Woolf's life and work.

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