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  • Published: 1 December 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099518259
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $27.99

Selected Diaries


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A moving, perceptive and beautifully written insight into the workings of the mind of one of the best loved and most admired writers of the twentieth century.

Virginia Woolf turned to her diary as to an intimate friend, to whom she could freely and spontaneously confide her thoughts on public events or the joys and trials of domestic life. Between 1st January 1915 and her death in 1941 she regularly recorded her thoughts with unfailing grace, courage, honesty and wit. The result is one of the greatest diaries in the English language.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099518259
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $27.99

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 Selected Diaries

“Her nephew Quentin Bell claims that the thirty volumes of Woolf's diary are a masterpiece.Anne Olivier Bell has reduced them to a single volume. It think it is still a masterpiece”

Evening Standard

“One of the glories of our literature”

“She made portraits exact, more clairvoyant, more living than those of any writer I know”

“A work of the highest imaginative genius, with powers of perception and description unexampled in our time”

“More alive than most living voices”


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