- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (28 Oct. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014018564X
- ISBN-13: 978-0140185645
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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The Crowded Dance of Modern Life: Selected Essays; Volume Two: The Crowded Dance of Modern Life v. 2 (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback – 28 Oct 1993
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The linking theme of these essays is modernity, for Woolf was writing in a world radically separated from the old certainties by the catastrophe of World War I. Here she provides some responses to what she called "the crowded dance of modern life".
About the Author
Virginia Woolf, born in 1882, was a major modernist novelist and the centre of the inter-war Bloomsbury Group. Between 1925 and 1931 she produced her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway to the poetic and highly experimental novel The Waves. She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, journalism and biography, including A Room of One's Own (1929), a passionate feminist essay. Suffering from depression, she drowned herself in the River Ouse in 1941.
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Not so this time. Ms. Bowlby, a renowed Woolf scholar whose writing suggests always very creative and challenging readings, presents us(again) a number of Woolf's writings that, combining a lightness of style with depth of reflection, seem closer to narrative than to the scholarly straightforwardness one associates with the essay. The reader is here invited to witness a thought unfolding, to follow it's flows and currents. The digressions on the subjects Woolf chooses are like a casual strolls leading to unexpected discoveries; like serious discussions in the guise of simple conversations. They seem to recover the art of dialogue of the platonic tradition.
We are shown modern life as a crowded dance indeed: in all the playfullness of a dance there steps in the shadow of the Grat War;the possibilities of political action, reflections on social inequalities and the places women can come to achieve in society; the changing conventions of fiction and art; and the subjects deemed eternal - life, meaning, affections, death.
All this embedded in the point of view of common, everyday life. If you want to experience the newness, the strangeness, the richness of the life we now call 'modern', or at any rate of life in London in the twenties and thirties, don't turn to historical novels - here is the story, as it were, from within, and really, just at the reach of a casual glance.
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