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  • Published: 2 June 2003
  • ISBN: 9780712646178
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $49.99

Congenial Spirits

Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf




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.

  • Pub date: 2 June 2003
  • ISBN: 9780712646178
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $49.99

About the Author

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was born in London in 1882. After her father's death in 1904 Virginia and her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, moved to Bloomsbury and became the centre of ‘The Bloomsbury Group’. This informal collective of artists and writers exerted a powerful influence over early twentieth-century British culture.

In 1912 Virginia married Leonard Woolf, a writer and social reformer. Three years later, her first novel The Voyage Out was published, followed by Night and Day (1919) and Jacob's Room (1922). Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to The Waves (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography. On 28 March 1941, a few months before the publication of her final novel, Between the Acts, Virginia Woolf committed suicide.

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Praise for Congenial Spirits

“'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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