Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Book - 1998
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With epic scope and a rich use of detail, Hermione Lee has created a miraculously evocative portrait that lets us know as never before how Virginia Woolf looked, how she sounded, how she dressed and behaved, and how she wrote. She shows us a brave, powerfully intelligent woman who suffered from a terrifying chronic illness and wrestled with the contradictions of her own character.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1998
ISBN: 9780679447078
0679447075
Branch Call Number: 823.912/WOO - L

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lukasevansherman
Jul 18, 2018

"On or about December 1910, human nature changed."-Virginia Woolf
Mammoth, majestic biography of one of the great literary figures of the 20th century. Hermione Lee, who has also written biographies of Edith Wharton and Penelope Fitzgerald, excels at situating Woolf in the context of her family and her impressive circle of friends and contemporaries (including Katherine Mansfield, E.M. Forster, T.S. Eliot, Lytton Strachey, and Edith Sitwell). Lee also explores Woolf's mental and emotional health. This was in the early days of psychology (She did read Freud.) and Woolf was never officially diagnosed, but struggled with depression and even hearing voices. She walked in to the River Ouse in 1941 at the age of 59 and drowned herself. If anything, her reputation is stronger now than it was during her lifetime, as she has been embraced by feminists (Her "Room of One's Own" is an important text.) and rescued from the male-dominated modernism (Joyce, Eliot, Pound) that dominated the culture. A great biography.

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rtom77
Jan 07, 2013

This amazing book shows Virginia Woolf in the context of her life and time. Hermione Lee takes an entirely balanced approach: she reports all of the conflicting views of this famous author and allows the reader to make up his/her own mind. A complex and comprehensive book about a fascinating writer. Enjoy!

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