Flush

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Biography as a literary form - 132 pages
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'I lay in the garden and red the Browning love letters, and the figure of their dog made me laugh so I couldn't resist making him a Life.' Throughout her career, Woolf invokes the animal world both directly and metaphorically. She started to write a biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spaniel after finishing The Waves, tracing the life of the spaniel from his country origins, his puppyhood spent with the writer Mary Mitford, through his sheltered existence with Elizabeth Barrettin her sick room, and later travels in Florence. But Flush is much more than a playful writer's holiday. As well as offering an exploration of a life of the senses free from the tyranny of words, Flush can be read as an allegorical testimony to the inscrutable, discarded, unrepresentable lives of the Victorian women poets, who were barely discussed or read in the 1930s. From a quite literally low point of view, Woolf explores class and gender in Victorian London, with gently mocking humour. Charming yet also radical, Flush is a work of sensuous imagination, an apparently light text that opens up a range of questions concerning difference which are woven through the whole of Woolf's writing.
 

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User Review  - rainpebble - LibraryThing

Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf; Persephone; (5*) Flush is a first person fictional narrative about the Cocker Spaniel owned by Elizabeth Barrett/Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The real dog was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jesse - Goodreads

After completing the groundbreaking experiment The Waves, Woolf “rested” by working on what she considered a mere trifle—a short novel that would eventually become Flush: A Biography, a version of ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
vi
Note on the Text
xlv
Three Mile Cross
5
The Back Bedroom
20
FLUSH i
26
The Hooded Man V
32
Whitechapel
51
Italy
72
The End
96
Authorities
107
Woolfs Notes
108
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Kate Flint is a Reader in English Language and Literature and Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.

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