Granite and Rainbow: The Hidden Life of Virginia Woolf

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Cooper Square Publishing, LLC, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 536 pages
Mitchell Leaska unearths much new and disturbing material that illuminates both Woolf's life and her work. He recounts the hard realities of her early life - the succession of tragic and untimely deaths, the illnesses, the stretches of madness - as they emerged, infallibly transformed by Woolf's imagination in her iridescent novels, letters, and diaries. Leaska's unprecedented reliance on the Woolf archives leads to fresh revelations about the troubled lives of Virginia's parents. Plunging beneath the dense lyrical surface of Woolf's narratives, he uncovers the dissonances generated by her parents' relationship and the deeper story of how she sought to create harmony out of such profound divisions.

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Another effort at what Woolf herself once described as the ``compromise, evasion, understatement, overstatement, irrelevance which we call biography.'' Woolf biographies and studies are still churned ... Read full review

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Interest in Virginia Woolf seems to be limitless, as yet a fourth major biography in as many years now appears. Recent works have looked at Woolf's life from the standpoint of literary analysis (James ... Read full review


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Mitchell Leaska is the author of Virginia Woolf's Lighthouse, praised by Leonard Woolf as "the most illuminating study of Virginia Woolf's novels that I have read". He lives in New York City.

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