Books and Portraits

Books and Portraits : Some Further Selections from the Literary and Biography Writings of Virginia Woolf

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Forty-eight essays from the literary and biographical writings. Selected, edited, and with a Preface by Mary Lyon.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 134.9 x 202.4 x 14mm | 253.8g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156135604
  • 9780156135603

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Virginia Woolf's reputation as a novelist tends to overshadow her significance as a literary critic. Her first published works, however, were reviews or critical essays, and she continued to write literary criticism until her death. Only the two volumes of The Common Reader were published during her lifetime. Five additional volumes of essays were published posthumously. After the last appeared, in 1965, research uncovered well over a hundred more uncollected articles. From these Mary Lyon chose forty-eight that seemed, from both the reader's and the scholar's point of view, most important to preserve. Many were written when Virginia was still in her twenties, but from the very beginning her literary judgment was sure and her style distinctive.
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"Woolf captures attention and holds it as she goes over old territory in a new way -- Pepys, Emerson, Thoreau, Kipling -- and draws unusual portraits of Queen Elizabeth I, Theodore Roosevelt [and] others. Spirited straight-forward essays, of value for scholars, delightful for the rest of us".-- Publishers Weekly
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