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Leonard Woolf [Hardcover]

Victoria Glendinning
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4 Sep 2006
Many people today know Leonard Woolf mainly through the surname of his wife, Virginia, or his role in supporting her through her mental illness, depicted in films like "The Hours". Some critics see him as his wife's oppressor. In Victoria Glendinning's biography, for the first time we see the whole man. As well as being a prominent member of the Bloomsbury group, Leonard was a formidable figure in his own right, first as an innovative civil administrator in Ceylon, then as a writer, leading light of the Fabian society and publisher of TS Eliot, EM Forster, Robert Graves, Katherine Mansfield and of course Virginia Woolf. He was interested in everything and knew everybody. The achievement of Glendinning's book is to make its readers wish that they knew him too.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; First Edition edition (4 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743220307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743220309
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A landmark biography' -- Paul Levy, Guardian 22/9

'Glendinning perceives an exemplary man behind Virginia...Her
husband's moral integrity is the strong backbone of this fine, subtle
-- The Times 28/10

'I never noticed the passage of time while I was reading this
absorbing biography' -- The Spectator, 7/10

'Leonard Woolf has found the ideal biographer in Victoria
Glendinning... Scintillating, subtle and wise.' -- Claire Tomalin, author of SAMUEL PEPYS: THE UNEQUALLED SELF

'Victoria Glendinning is that rarity among biographers: an
admirable stylist' -- Irish Times 30/9

'YOU REALLY MUST READ... Virginia's husband steps out of her
shadow' -- Sunday Times 1/10

About the Author

Victoria Glendinning is the award-winning biographer of Trollope, Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, Rebecca West and Jonathan Swift. Her previous novels, The Grown-Ups and Electricity, were critical and commercial successes. She divides her time between London, Provence and Ireland.

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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor 16 Sep 2006
By palmer
A very poor attempt at a life of Leonard Woolf in which the central character is constantly forced into the shadows by the figure of his wife. For a good introduction to Leonard's life and work (Glendinning hasn't a clue about his opposition to imperialism) try Frederick Spotts's edition of Leonard's Letters (1989). Very fine.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 5 Aug 2006
By geena
I've just been sent an advance copy of this book and am very disappointed at the poor standard of writing and scholarship it displays. Glendinning gushes, which is unpalatable enough, but she also makes a large number of errors, which any Bloomsbury addict will be able to spot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 18 Oct 2006
Re the previous review: Kevin O'Sullivan is Glendinning's (umpteenth) husband. Does she really need him to stick up for her? This biography of Leonard Woolf is a rambling, disorganised read, full of platitudes. I too would suggest Spotts's edition of the Letters if you want a realiable rounded view of the man.
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