288 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.66 in
May 30, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0141182490
ISBN - 13: 9780141182490
From the Publisher
A brand new series of five of Woolf's major works, in beautifully designed hardback editions On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax. Here, Virginia Woolf perfected the interior monologue and the novel's lyricism and accessibility have made it one of her most popular works.
From the Jacket
Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party and remembering those she once loved. In another part of London, Septimus Warren Smith is shell-shocked and on the brink of madness. Smith’s day interweaves with that of Clarissa and her friends, their lives converging as the party reaches its glittering climax.
Past, present and future are brought together one momentous June day in 1923.
About the Author
Born in 1882, Virginia Woolf 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. 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. Her first novel, The Voyage Out, appeared in 1915, and 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), and Between the Acts (1941). Woolf lived an energetic life, reviewing and writing and dividing her time between London and the Sussex Downs. In 1941, fearing another attack of mental illness, she drowned herself.
From Our Editors
A masterpiece from Virginia Woolf, this is the story of Clarissa Dalloway, the ebullient wife of a Member of Parliament at the end of the Second World War. While preparing for an evening party her old lover returns from India, while in another part of London Septimus Warren Smith is going mad from shell shock. Mrs. Dalloway is a day-in-the-life of the lost generation, a portrait of separate lives yearning for beauty and love lost during the war, while embracing life’s few precious moments.