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  • Published: 1 December 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099589778
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $27.99

Street Haunting and Other Essays




An exclusive collection of Virginia Woolf's most entertaining, thought-provoking and infectiously witty essays

Virginia Woolf began writing reviews for the Guardian 'to make a few pence' from her father's death in 1904, and continued until the last decade of her life. The result is a phenomenal collection of articles, of which this selection offers a fascinating glimpse, which display the gifts of a dazzling social and literary critic as well as the development of a brilliant and influential novelist. From reflections on class and education, to slyly ironic reviews, musings on the lives of great men and 'Street Haunting', a superlative tour of her London neighbourhood, this is Woolf at her most thoughtful and entertaining.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099589778
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • 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 Street Haunting and Other Essays

“Brilliant and subtle essays”

Independent on Sunday

“It is all pure Woolf, so distinctive is her voice - ironic, cool, conversational and playful, shrewd and fantastical by turns”

Literary Review

“Woolf was easily the greatest literary journalist of her age”

James Wood, Guardian

“More like novels than ordinary criticism”

New Statesman

“Filled with comic spirit...there are some beautiful essays here...and many memorable ones”

Peter Ackroyd, New York Times


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