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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095457592X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954575922
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 0.5 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Virginia Woolf is now recognized as a major twentieth-century author, a great novelist and essayist and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and a modernist. Born in 1882, she was the daughter of the editor and critic Leslie Stephen, and suffered a traumatic adolescence after the deaths of her mother, in 1895, and her step-sister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. Her father died in 1904 and two years later her favourite brother Thoby died suddenly of typhoid.

With her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, she was drawn into the company of writers and artists such as Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, later known as the Bloomsbury Group. Among them she met Leonard Woolf, whom she married in 1912, and together they founded the Hogarth Press in 1917, which was to publish the work of T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and Katherine Mansfield as well as the earliest translations of Freud. Woolf lived an energetic life among friends and family, reviewing and writing, and dividing her time between London and the Sussex Downs. In 1941, fearing another attack of mental illness, she drowned herself.

Her first novel, The Voyage Out, appeared in 1915, and she then worked through the transitional Night and Day (1919) to the highly experimental and impressionistic Jacob's Room (1922). From then on her fiction became a series of brilliant and extraordinarily varied experiments, each one searching for a fresh way of presenting the relationship between individual lives and the forces of society and history. She was particularly concerned with women's experience, not only in her novels but also in her essays and her two books of feminist polemic, A Room of One's Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1938).

Her major novels include Mrs Dalloway (1925), the historical fantasy Orlando (1928), written for Vita Sackville-West, the extraordinarily poetic vision of The Waves (1931), the family saga of The Years (1937), and Between the Acts (1941). All these are published by Penguin, as are her Diaries, Volumes I-V, and selections from her essays and short stories.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chatvarin on 22 Jun 2008
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Written by one of the most celebrated of writers inseparable from the city, "The London Scene" is an invaluable gem in the repertoir of literature associated with London. There is a vivacity in its contemplation, exercised via withdrawn observation, of the city that is the centre of the English literary world and those that go on in it. Yet these essays sport an unmistakeable familiarity with their subjects that can only be issued from a veteran Londoner the like of Virginia Woolf.

The six essays that make up "The London Scene" are apparently published together for the first time in this edition. The book has a light modern feel; the text is set with generous breating space in a primarily white volume with garnishings of caricatur-ish ink drawings that illustrate the essays. An anonymous short piece explaining the writing and original publication of these essays and an index are appended at the end. Clever - not witty - in its judgement, entertaining - not humorous - in its wryness, and, to quote the appraisal from the book, "[d]isplaying Woolf's unique ability to anatomise and refresh our view with the familiar", this conveniently slim volume is healthy mental nourishment to waft away those weary whiles spent worn, wasted in London's public transport network.
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A great book! 16 April 2014
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The illustrations are classic and wonderful. Goes really well with Woolf's eloquence. A great gift for anyone who loves romantic accounts of the streets of London.
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