The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf: Second Edition

Paperback | May 4, 1989

byVirginia WoolfEditorSusan Dick

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Woolf continually used stories and sketches to experiment with narrative models and themes for her novels. This collection of nearly fifty pieces brings together the contents of two published volumes, A Haunted House and Mrs. Dalloways Party; a number of uncollected stories; and several previously unpublished pieces. Edited and with an Introduction by Susan Dick.

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Although she's primarily known more for her novels, readers will quickly agree that Virginia Woolf's short stories retain the insight of her longer works. Careful to keep the essays out and the fiction in, the editor of this anthology has also included 16 unpublished pieces among the more than 50 here. Taken as a whole, it's easy to se...

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Woolf continually used stories and sketches to experiment with narrative models and themes for her novels. This collection of nearly fifty pieces brings together the contents of two published volumes, A Haunted House and Mrs. Dalloways Party; a number of uncollected stories; and several previously unpublished pieces. Edited and with an...

The early decades of the 20th century saw the rise of the "experimental" novel, and few writers had more success with their experiments than Virginia Woolf. Her innovative approach as a novelist, critic, and biographer made her an author who is even more widely read today than she was in her own time. Virginia Woolf is now recognized ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:May 4, 1989Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 10:0156212501

ISBN - 13:9780156212502

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Although she's primarily known more for her novels, readers will quickly agree that Virginia Woolf's short stories retain the insight of her longer works. Careful to keep the essays out and the fiction in, the editor of this anthology has also included 16 unpublished pieces among the more than 50 here. Taken as a whole, it's easy to see how Woolf's craft develops over the years and clearly summarizes the human condition. The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf gives a nod to the all-encompassing talent of this influential writer by acknowledging her ability to master the short story.

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Woolf's short stories originally appeared in various magazines and anthologies, often sloppily or intrusively edited. The 45 texts collected here were carefully prepared by Susan Dick after comparison of all surviving manuscript and printed versions; 17 have never before been published, assuring this volume an important place in the Woolf canon. The earliest pieces date from 1906 and the last were in progress when Woolf drowned herself in 1941. Taken together, they show the evolution of Woolf's experimental methods and the origin of some of the major themes in her novels. Dick's meticulous but unobtrusive editing gives us for the first time a reliable text for some of Woolf's best writing. Michael Edmonds, State Historical Soc. of Wisconsin, Madison