Virginia Woolf: critical assessments, Volume 1

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Helm Information, Apr 1, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 2560 pages
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In a lecture later revised as the essay,How One Should Read a Book, published in 1926, Virginia Woolf addressed the "common reader": "the only advice, indeed, that one person can give another about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions." She satirizes critics as "authorities...heavily furred and gowned" who, in telling us how to read, destroy our freedom. She would surely have been abashed at the hundreds of critical essays on her own writings published since her death in 1941. These volumes survey nearly eighty years of responses to Woolf's writing from the earliest reviews ofThe Voyage Outto contemporary criticism of the 1990s. What emerges from all these reviews and essays is the sheer breadth and significance of Woolf's writing. This collection presents as wide a view as possible of Virginia Woolf's work, taking into account biographical, aesthetic and feminist concerns and, ultimately, allowing thereader to return to the original texts. Volume Iincludes friends' recollections of Woolf, obituaries, early critical views, connections between Woolf and Bloomsbury and writers on Woolf's writing. Volume IIconcerns responses to Woolf's sketches and short stories, the twoCommon Readers, the feminist treatises,A Room of One's OwnandThree Guineas, and three biographies:Orlando,Flush, andRoger Fry. Volume IIIcontains essays arranged chronologically on the five novels fromA Voyage OuttoTo The Lighthouse. Volume IVassesses the novels from the last decade of Woolf's life, fromThe Waves(1931 toBetween the Acts(1941). It also includes a selection of modern critical evaluations from the 1960s through the early 1990s.

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Contents

General Editors Preface
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Chronology of Woolfs Life
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Woolfs Major Works
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