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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.

Reviews

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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    9780099589778

    December 1, 2014

    Vintage Classics

    272 pages

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    9781448192083

    October 2, 2014

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