A Room of One's Own

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Harcourt, Brace, 1929 - English fiction - 199 pages
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A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf, has long been recognized as a landmark feminist essay.  It was based upon two college lectures Woolf gave in 1928, after she had been asked to speak on the topic of Women and Fiction.


She argued that because so many women lacked freedom and education, they were hopelessly inhibited in their lives, deprived of the necessary settings for their innate genius to flow. In short, they had been abused and dominated by men for centuries.


“Lock up your libraries if you like;” she writes, “but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt, that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”


She posited that the truest emancipation of women would only occur when they became appropriately independent, freed from financial, and cultural restrictions—to transcend the narrow sexual roles society had cast them in."


A Room of One's Own is, in sum, a brilliantly perceptive and pioneering essay on women and fiction, written by one of the twentieth century's most challenging thinkers, a woman who justly succeeded in creating a room of her own—in the pantheon of modern English literature.


VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941), one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century, transformed the art of fiction. The author of numerous novels and short stories, she was also an acknowledged master of the essay form, and an admired literary critic.


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Such a fanciful writing style. - Goodreads
Great essay on women writing literature. - Goodreads
A necessary and vital piece of writing, undoubtedly. - Goodreads
Interesting thoughts on women and writing careers. - Goodreads

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

An overdue read, although I don't recall it ever being assigned reading on a college syllabus. Probably I would have rated it higher if (a) I had read only the first title (Three Guineas, while ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mohnish - Goodreads

Somewhere in the suburbs, in a grotesque basement of a tavern, a group of grim looking men & women sit under a brightly lit, precarious roof lamp. As I entered from the back, they all seemed like a ... Read full review

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