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Virginia Woolf : interviews and recollections

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection PR6045.O72 Z89235 1995
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  PR6045.O72 Z89235 1995
A coherent view of so extraordinarily chameleon a temperament and talent as Virginia Woolf's is, of course, almost impossible. If Lily Briscoe in To the Lighthouse needs 'fifty pairs of eyes' to take in a woman as simple as Mrs. Ramsay, even more pairs seem desirable for focusing on Virginia Woolf. The difficulty of a balanced viewpoint for some of her memoirists, a demanding enough task at the best of times, was compounded by the enthusiasm with which she sometimes donned a mask and by conversation whose notorious brilliance veered at moments towards the flamboyant, the wildly inaccurate, or the cruel. To penetrate this mask, Virginia Woolf: Interviews and Recollections provides multifaceted perspectives on Woolf as observed and remembered by relatives, close friends, acquaintances, and fellow writers from Vanessa Bell, Arnold Bennett, and Edith Sitwell to Marguerite Yourcenar, Rose Macaulay, and Stephen Spender. Gathered from widely scattered sources, the forty-one pieces collected here give an intimate and compelling portrait of a fascinating individual whom many consider one of the twentieth century's most significant writers. Covering her famous lectures at Cambridge, her role in the Hogarth Press, and her presence in the literary and social world of her day as well as her roles as sister, wife, and friend, this varied collection sheds light on the public and private personalities of Virginia Woolf the subtle poetic novelist, the devoted friend, and the influential and successful publisher.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "These 41 short pieces, written by friends, relatives and colleagues of Woolf (1882-1941), present her in a kinder light than previous studies. Stape, professor of English at Japan Women's University in Tokyo, has carefully chosen a wide selection of illuminating personal observations of Woolf. Excerpts from the diary of friend and lover Vita Sackville-West during a trip the two took to France reveal women who knew how to enjoy themselves. Other accounts by Bloomsbury regular Clive Bell (Virginia's brother-in-law) and writer Gerald Brenan describe a friendly conversationalist who enjoyed people. Husband Leonard testifies to his wife's genius and her conscientious work habits. Other accounts note Woolf's feminist sympathies and praise her physical beauty, wit and devotion to friends. Although Woolf drowned herself, writer Rose Macaulay remembers her as possessing a remarkable ``zest for life.'' (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Woolf, Virginia, -- 1882-1941.
Woolf, Virginia, -- 1882-1941 -- Friends and associates.
Women novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Publisher Iowa City :University of Iowa Press,1995
Contributors Stape, J. H. (John Henry)
Language English
Description xvi, 195 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0877454949
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