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Carlyle's House and Other Sketches (Hesperus Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, 14 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd; illustrated edition edition (14 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843910551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843910558
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,357,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Without her, our literature would have been poorer.' --Doris Lessing

'From the first sentence we hear the unmistakable Woolf voice.' --The Spectator

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Virginia Woolf was one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Her experimental style, in particular her use of the stream-of-consciousness technique - as exemplified in her masterpieces Mrs Dalloway, The Waves and To The Lighthouse - mark her out as a key figure in the Modernist movement.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paysanne on 17 July 2003
Format: Paperback
Carlyle’s House and Other Sketches is drawn from Woolf’s notebook of 1909, which was discovered at the bottom of a draw in Birmingham last year.
It is a slim, beautifully produced volume, of which the writer’s actual words only fill approximately one quarter. The disappointment any prospective reader may feel upon realising this is amply made up for by the quality of the rest of the book. Doris Lessing has written a fresh and insightful foreword and there are comprehensive notes and editorial comment for which David Bradshaw draws upon his encyclopaedic knowledge and sympathetic understanding of Woolf. Their writing is interesting and well balanced, with none of the tendency toward fawning and pedestal worship that is common among many of today’s ‘Woolfians’. The sketches are valued for what they are – word ‘drawings’ such as an artist would make in a sketchbook to look back on for inspiration and information, as Woolf herself described her notebooks.
The seven sketches within the notebook were written during a year which, as David Bradshaw points out, was a difficult one for Woolf and this shows in her writing – the tone is somewhat acerbic and critical. They seem almost deliberately so, as if Woolf is perversely determined to sketch with an emphasised line, particularly in Jews (offensive to the contemporary eye, and probably unpleasant but not unusual in 1909) and Miss Reeves. The sketches serve as a behind the scenes glimpse of Woolf’s working mind – one can tell that she is honing her characterisation and descriptive skills for the future.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "estherelizkatz" on 1 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
This part of her journal prevously unpublished, shows an extremely embittered Virginia Woolfe, ready to critise and slow to praise. However for all admirers of her work, these short sketches give a very penetrating insight into a Virginia Woolfe going through a period in life where everything seemed to be against her. Although harshly negative in substance, the strength of character of the author comes through.
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This sandwich is missing its meat 1 Aug. 2005
By M. Nesbit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not much here worth even Amazon's discount price.

I have always very much admired Woolf's literary criticism and enjoyed many of her novels. I have read the Diaries and Letters complete. So I can't be called an Anti-Woolfian. However, I have to say that this "book" is like Gertrude Stein's Oakland; "There isn't any there there".

I can take comfort in the fact that I bought "Carlyle's House" as a remainder and did get my four bucks worth of pleasure out of Doris Lessing's foreword.
An interesting lost notebook 10 Mar. 2013
By TheBoyNextDoor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is quite brief, but an interesting view into Woolf's thoughts at a specific time. Since it was previously unpublished, it's a great addition to a collection. Interesting to see Woolf's pre-married thoughts on Jews.
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