Reading Virginia Woolf

Julia Briggs,

Reading Virginia Woolf
 
 
The pleasure and excitement of exploring Virginia Woolf’s writings is at the heart of this book by a highly respected Woolf critic and biographer. Julia Briggs reconsiders Woolf’s work - from some of her earliest fictional experiments to her late short story, ‘The Symbol’, and from the most to the least familiar of her novels - from a series of highly imaginative and unexpected angles. Individual essays analyse Woolf’s neglected second novel, Night and Day and investigate her links with other writers (Byron, Shakespeare), her ambivalent attitudes to ‘Englishness’ and to censorship, her fascination with transitional places and moments, with the flow of time (and its relative nature), her concern with visions and revision and with printing and the writing process as a whole. We watch Woolf as she typesets an extraordinarily complex high modernist poem (Hope Mirrlees’s 'Paris'), and as she revises her novels so that their structures become formally - and even numerologically - significant. A final essay examines the differences between Woolf’s texts as they were first published in England and America, and the further changes she occasionally made after publication, changes that her editors have been slow to acknowledge.


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