The Complete Shorter Fiction
The complete collection of Virginia Woolf's shorter fiction, including her most famous stories such as 'Kew Gardens' and 'A Haunted House'.
'The window panes reflected apples, reflected roses; all the leaves were green in the glass'
Nowhere are Virginia Woolf's daring experimentations with style and form more evident than in her short stories, which shimmer and flash with their author's peculiar genius. Collected by Leonard Woolf and published after her death, this is a complete collection of Virginia Woolf's shorter fiction. It is a fascinating and vivid introduction for readers new to Woolf, and a necessary companion for devotees.
Includes 'A Haunted House', 'Kew Gardens', 'A Mark on the Wall' and 42 other pieces.
Edited, with introductions and notes by Susan Dick.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HELEN SIMPSON
“Here is the precursor of the experiments which are to fill her future novels, where the writer will evaporate and condense solid objects over her literary Bunsen burner in solutions of time or light”
Helen Simpson, from her introduction
“With Joyce and Eliot, Woolf has shaped a literary century”
Jeanette Winterson, The Times
“They seem as perfect, and as functional for all their beauty, as spider webs. Indeed they were made for like purpose: to trap and dissect living morsels in the form of palpitating moments of time, instantaneous perceptions, brief visions of others”
Eudora Welty, New York Times Book Review)
“Virginia Woolf stands as the chief figure of modernism in England and must be included with Joyce and Proust in the realisation of experimental achievements that have completely broken with tradition”
New York Times
“Virginia Woolf was one of the great innovators of that decade of literary Modernism, the 1920s. Novels such as Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse showed how experimental writing could reshape our sense of ordinary life. Taking unremarkable materials - preparations for a genteel party, a day on a bourgeois family holiday - they trace the flow of associations and ideas that we call "consciousness"”