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The best of Virginia Woolf's letters in one volume.

CONGENIAL SPIRITS, selected and edited by Joanne Trautmann Banks, brings together the finest and most enjoyable of Virginia Woolf's letters in a single volume. This is a marvellous collection - spontaneous, witty, often flirtatious, powerfully moving. Whether bemoaning some domestic travail, commenting publicly on the state of the nation, or taking up her pen, inspired, to discuss cultural, artistic or personal concerns, Virginia Woolf is one of the great correspondents. This volume displays not only Woolf's courage and brilliance, her generosity and love of gossip, but also her genius for close and enduring friendship.


'About her letters there can be no division: they are among the best ever written in the English language.'

Selina Hastings, Sunday Telegraph

Letters as well selected as these, and as brilliant (though Woolf herself saw them as 'mere tossing of omelettes') close the gap between the author and the private person.

Victoria Glendinning

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  • Congenial Spirits
    Virginia Woolf

    Trade Paperback


    June 2, 2003


    496 pages

    RRP $49.99

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