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An informal, informative and witty celebration of our literary and social heritage by a writer of genius.

‘Woolf was easily the greatest literary journalist of her age’ James Wood, Guardian

He reads for his own pleasure rather than to impart knowledge or correct the opinions of others.
So Virginia Woolf described the ‘common reader’ for whom she wrote her second series of essays. Here she turns her brilliant eye on novels and poetry from John Donne to Christina Rossetti and Mary Wollstonecraft as well as many others. This is an informal, informative and witty celebration of our literary and social heritage by a writer of genius.

Reviews

Virginia Woolf was a great writer. Her voice is distinctive; her style is her own; her work is an active influence on other writers and a subtle influence on what we have come to expect from modern literature

Jeanette Winterson

Virginia Woolf was one of the great innovators of that decade of literary Modernism, the 1920s. Novels such as Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse showed how experimental writing could reshape our sense of ordinary life. Taking unremarkable materials - preparations for a genteel party, a day on a bourgeois family holiday - they trace the flow of associations and ideas that we call "consciousness"

Guardian

Virginia Woolf stands as the chief figure of modernism in England and must be included with Joyce and Proust in the realisation of experimental achievements that have completely broken with tradition

New York Times

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    9781448181933

    February 26, 2015

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    9780099443674

    February 15, 2003

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