The Common Reader: First series

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Oct 7, 2002 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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Woolf’s first and most popular volume of essays. This collection has more than twenty-five selections, including such important statements as “Modern Fiction” and “The Modern Essay.” Edited and with an Introduction by Andrew McNeillie; Index.

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User Review  - Valarie Smith - Goodreads

Heresy for a Woolfian, I know, but the subjects of many of the essays (Elizabethan dramas, Defoe, Chaucer) weren't of interest to me. I really loved "Modern Fiction" and the essays on Austen, the Brontes, Eliot, Montaigne and the Russians, though. Read full review

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User Review  - TE - Goodreads

Much better than that splendidly pointless Mrs. Dalloway. Woolf is a skilled writer--particularly when she has an objective in mind--and keeps the mind going as she goes--carefully making her way from ... Read full review

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Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century, transformed the art of the novel with such groundbreaking works as Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse. The author of numerous collections of letters, journals, and short stories, she was an admired literary critic and a master of the essay form.

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