Virginia Woolf and the Real World

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University of California Press, 1986 - Literary Criticism - 374 pages
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"The finest critical book on Virgina Woolf to date. Alex Zwerdling's large and subtle study places Virginia Woolf's world of class, politics, feminism, pacifism, and the family into firm historical perspective. The book leaves us with renewed appreciation for Woolf's work and for her mind."
-Elaine Showalter, Princeton University

"Buried beneath piles of criticism Virginia Woolf has at last been dug out by Alex Zwerdling. Virginia Woolf and the Real World is the most enlightened account of the real woman to appear for years."
-Noel Annan, The Observer

"A relief from the Bloomsbury fan dub: penetrating, learned, wide-ranging appreciation of Virginia Woolf in her social and political context, documenting what muscle and thought there was in her allegedly gossamer work."
-Richard Mayne, Encounter

"A well written book that deals with a field of Woolf studies that badly needs dear thinking and dear expression .... I think it a most useful work and in every way first rate."
-Quentin Bell
 

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Zwerdling aims to correct the standard image of Woolf as an "immured priest ess in the temple of artdedicated, sol itary, out of touch with the life of her time.'' He constructs his argument around ... Read full review

Contents

The Enormous Eye
9
The Reluctant Satirist
38
Woolfs Satiric Elegy
62
Class and Money
87
Mrs Dalloway and the Social System
120
The Bonds of Family Life
144
To the Lighthouse
180
Woolfs Feminism in Historical
210
Anger and Conciliation in A Room of Ones
243
Pacifism Without Hope
271
Coming of War
302
Epilogue
325
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Alex Zwerdling is University Professor of English at George Washington University.

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