Women and Writing

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
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Known for her novels, and for the dubious fame of being a doyenne of the 'Bloomsbury Set', in her time Virginia Woolf was highly respected as a major essayist and critic with a special interest and commitment to contemporary literature, and women's writing in particular. This spectacular collection of essays and other writings does justice to those efforts, offering unique appraisals of Aphra Behn, Mary Wollstonecraft, the Duchess of Newcastle, Dorothy Richardson, Charlotte Bronte, and Katherine Mansfield, amongst many others. Gathered too, and using previously unpublished (sometimes even unsigned) journal extracts, are what will now become timeless commentaries on 'Women and Fiction', 'Professions for Women' and 'The Intellectual Status of Women'. More than half a century after the publication of A Room Of One's Own, distinguished scholar Michele Barrett cohesively brings together work which, throughout the years, has been scattered throughout many texts and many volumes. . . affording these very valuable writings the collective distinction they deserve at last.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Notes and Sources
36
Women and Fiction
43
Women and Leisure
53
Men and Women
64
Indiscretions
72
The Duchess of Newcastle
79
Aphra Behn
89
Jane Austen Practising
104
Haworth November 1904
121
Aurora Leigh
133
Mrs Gaskell
145
am Christina Rossetti
161
Olive Schreiner
180
Royalty
193
Copyright

Mary Wollstonecraft
96

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VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.

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