'He reads for his own pleasure rather than to impart knowledge or correct the opinions of others'.
So Virginia Woolf described the 'common reader' for whom she wrote her second series of essays. Here she turns her brilliant eye on novels and poetry from John Donne to Christina Rossetti and Mary Wollstonecraft as well as many others. This is an informal, informative and witty celebration of our literary and social heritage by a writer of genius.
Virginia Woolf was one of the great innovators of that decade of literary Modernism, the 1920s. Novels such as Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse showed how experimental writing could reshape our sense of ordinary life. Taking unremarkable materials - preparations for a genteel party, a day on a bourgeois family holiday - they trace the flow of associations and ideas that we call "consciousness"
Virginia Woolf stands as the chief figure of modernism in England and must be included with Joyce and Proust in the realisation of experimental achievements that have completely broken with tradition
Virginia Woolf was a great writer. Her voice is distinctive; her style is her own; her work is an active influence on other writers and a subtle influence on what we have come to expect from modern literature
Mornings and afternoons becoming one and the same? Days turning to weeks? Try reading to get a grasp on a routine.
This radical portrayal of gender-fluidity and love letter to the female muse is the perfect accompaniment to Palme D’or nominee Portrait of a Lady on Fire, out this week.
These beautiful Vintage Classic editions of Virginia Woolf’s greatest works will have you wanting to dive into the stories but where do you begin reading this famous member of the Bloomsbury Group? Enthusiastic Woolf fan, Eric Karl Anderson of LonesomeReader, gives his thoughts on how to start and why you’ll want to keep reading the work of this brilliant author.