Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 527 pages
Virginia Woolf is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century literature. She was original, passionate, vivid, dedicated to her art. Yet most writing about her still revolves around her social life and the Bloomsbury set.

In this fresh, absorbing book, Julia Briggs puts the writing back at the center of Woolf's life, reads that life through her work, and mines the novels themselves to create a compelling new form of biography. Analyzing Woolf's own commentary on the creative process through her letters, diaries, and essays, Julia Briggs has produced a book that is a convincing, moving portrait of an artist, as well as a profound meditation on the nature of creativity.


 

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Although I wouldn't dispute that Hermione Lee's biography of Virginia Woolf [1999] is a masterly work, if you're more interested in what Woolf wrote than in what she did, Julia Briggs' book is the one ... Read full review

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The Grumpy Vegan just finished Julia Briggs' Virginia Woolf--An inner life. This is a stupendous book. Part biography and part literary criticism, each chapter focuses on one or more of Virginia's ... Read full review

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Contents

Beginning The Voyage Out 1915
1
Into the Night Night and Day 1919
29
Our Press Arrived on Tuesday Monday or Tuesday 1921
58
In Search of Jacob Jacobs Room 1922
84
A Woman Connects The Common Reader 1925
109
What a Lark What a Plunge Mrs Dalloway 1925
130
Writing Itself To the Lighthouse 1927
160
The Secret of Life is Orlando 1928
187
Into Deep Waters The Waves 1931
238
The Years of The Years The Second Common Reader 1932 Flush 1933 The Years 1937
269
Attacking Hitler in England Three Guineas 1938
305
Life Writing Roger Fry 1940 A Sketch of the Past
338
The Last of England Between the Acts 1941
370
Epilogue
395
Notes
403
Index
513

To the Women of the Future A Room of Ones Own 1929
216

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JULIA BRIGGS is a professor of English at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. She was professor of Woolf studies at Hereford College, Oxford, for many years and is currently the editor of the reprint series of Woolf's novels. She lives in Leicester.

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