Selected Essays

Paperback | November 15, 2009

byVirginia WoolfEditorDavid Bradshaw

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'A good essay must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in, not out.' According to Virginia Woolf, the goal of the essay 'is simply that it should give pleasure...It should lay us under a spell with its first word, and we should only wake, refreshed, with its last.' One of the best practitioners of the art she analysed so rewardingly, Woolf displayed her essay-writingskills across a wide range of subjects, with all the craftsmanship, substance, and rich allure of her novels. This selection brings together thirty of her best essays, including the famous 'Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown', a clarion call for modern fiction. She discusses the arts of writing and ofreading, and the particular role and reputation of women writers. She writes movingly about her father and the art of biography, and of the London scene in the early decades of the twentieth century. Overall, these pieces are as indispensable to an understanding of this great writer as they areenchanting in their own right.

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'A good essay must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in, not out.' According to Virginia Woolf, the goal of the essay 'is simply that it should give pleasure...It should lay us under a spell with its first word, and we should only wake, refreshed, with its last.' One of the best practitioners of the art ...

Virginia Woolf is by reputation one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199556067

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The Decay of Essay-WritingModern FictionThe Modern EssayHow it Strikes a ContemporaryMr Bennett and Mrs BrownCharacter in FictionImpassioned ProseHow Should One Read a Book?Poetry, Fiction and the FutureCraftsmanshipThe Feminine Note in FictionWomen NovelistsWomen and FictionProfessions for WomenMemories of a Working Women's GuildWhy?The New BiographyOn Being IllThe Art of BiographyThunder at WembleyThe CinemaStreet Haunting: A London AdventureThe Sun and the FishThe Docks of LondonOxford Street TideEvening over Sussex: Reflections in a Motor CarFlying over LondonWhy Art Today Follows PoliticsThoughts on Peace in an Air Raid