Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf : An Inner Life

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Virginia Woolf is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century literature. She was original, passionate, vivid, dedicated to her art. Yet most writing about her still revolves around her social life and the Bloomsbury set.
In this fresh, absorbing book, Julia Briggs puts the writing back at the center of Woolf's life, reads that life through her work, and mines the novels themselves to create a compelling new form of biography. Analyzing Woolf's own commentary on the creative process through her letters, diaries, and essays, Julia Briggs has produced a book that is a convincing, moving portrait of an artist, as well as a profound meditation on the nature of creativity.
Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life-a brilliant new insight into a literary genius.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 527 pages
  • 170 x 233 x 30mm | 844g
  • United States
  • English
  • Us.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0151011435
  • 9780151011438
  • 1,606,700

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Virginia Woolf is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century literature. She was original, passionate, vivid, dedicated to her art. Yet most biographies of her still revolve around her social life and the Bloomsbury set.
In this fresh, absorbing book, Julia Briggs puts the writing back at the center of the life. Working closely with diaries, letters and original manuscripts, Briggs has created a masterly study of Woolf's writing process, the finished works, and their reception in the wider world. From The Voyage Out (1915) to Between the Acts (1941), Briggs traces the creation of Woolf's major novels and explores the contradictions that recur in her life and her work: her critique of marriage as a hopelessly patriarchal institution along with her enduring, if essentially platonic, devotion to her husband; her need for solitude and contemplation along with the social skills and ambitions that would make her part of the legend of Bloomsbury; her loathing of patriotism and her love of England, its landscapes and literature; her natural reserve and her deep conviction that women need to speak more openly of their bodies and their sexuality. Using Woolf's own matchless commentary on the creative process, Julia Briggs has produced a book which is a convincing, moving portrait of an artist at full stretch, but also a brilliant meditation on the whole nature of creativity.
Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life-a profound new insight into a literary genius.
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Praise from the UK for VIRGINIA WOOLF:
"Rich and engaging, each chapter introduces surprises and insights." --The Times Literary Supplement
"This book shows the sometimes faltering flight of the mind, the self-doubt and failing courage when nobody seems to be listening. But it also captures the intense pleasures of her art, the necessary focus of intellectual energy and commitment to the sheer daily grind. It should be pressed into the hands of every aspiring young novelist as an exemplar of the writing life." --The Sunday Times
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"Briggs masterfully uses Virginia Woolf's own thoughts and words to gain entrance into the layered world of her life and work."

--Daphne Merkin"Publishers Weekly" (08/08/2005)
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