Spanning the years in which Virginia Woolf penned her classic novel and worked on , the nonfiction pieces in this fifth volume provide further insight into Woolf’s creative genius and showcase her supreme stylistic capability. The far-ranging essays and criticism collected here include ruminations on the romantic and literary lives of William Cowper and Christina Rossetti and an introduction to memoirs by the Women’s Cooperative Guild that reveals Woolf’s signature feminism. This collection also includes the entirety of The , the sequel to The .
VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.
Stuart N. Clarke, series editor, has transcribed and edited Virginia Woolf's :, was cocompiler with B. J. Kirkpatrick of the fourth edition of A, and edited by Virginia Woolf and S. S. Koteliansky. He is a founding member of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain and has edited its journal, the , since its inception in 1999.
Adeline Virginia Woolf was born in 1882 and was to become a founder of modernist writing. Her background is filled with elements of tragedy that she somehow overcame to become a revered writer. Her mother died when she was 13, her half sister Stella two years later and with it her first of several nervous breakdowns. She began writing professionally at age 20 but her father’s death two years later brought a complete mental collapse and she was briefly institutionalised. Three of her half brothers had sexually abused her so further darkness was added to her life. But out of this came great innovations in writing; she was a pioneer of “stream of consciousness”. Whilst the dark periods continued to interrupt her emotional state her rate of work never ceased. Until on 28 March 1941, Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse and drowned herself leaving behind a note which read in part “Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do”.
Opening soon after Virginia Woolf met Vita Sackville-West and culminating with the publication of Orlando, this volume of letters covers Bloomsbury's most triumphant period. This was the time when Woolf wrote five of her best-known books, including Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, and whilst she became one of the most famous writers of her generation, many of her friends - Lytton Strachey, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster - had become equally eminent. The slow evolution of Virginia's affair with Vita is traced through some of her wittiest letters, while her correspondence with her sister Vanessa and other friends reveals a strong sympathy with people beneath her ironic view of life.