OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Mark on the Wall and Other Short Fiction

ISBN : 9780199554997

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,276
Author: 
Virginia Woolf; David Bradshaw
Pages
160 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
128 x 195 mm
Pub date
Dec 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics

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I shall never forget the day I wrote "The Mark on the Wall" - all in a flash, as if flying, after being kept stone breaking for months. "The Unwritten Novel" was the great discovery, however. That - again in one second - showed me how I could embody all my deposit of experience in a shape that fitted it...I saw, branching out of the tunnel I made, when I discovered that method of approach, Jacob's Room, Mrs Dalloway etc - How I trembled with excitement.'

The thrill Woolf got from these stories is readily apparent to the reader. She wrote them in defiance of convention, with a heady feeling of liberation and with a clear sense that she was breaking new ground. Indeed, if she had not made her bold and experimental forays into the short story in the period leading up to the publication of Jacob's Room (1922), it seems certain that her arrival as a great modernist novelist would have been delayed. Quirky, unrestrained, disturbing and surprising, many of these stories, particularly the early ones, are essential to an understanding of Woolf's development as a writer. She thought some of her short fiction might be 'unprintable' but, happily, she was mistaken.

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Index: 

The Mark on the Wall
Kew Gardens
An Unwritten Novel
A Haunted House
Monday or Tuesday
Blue and Green
The String Quartet
A Society
Solid Objects
In the Orchard
The Lady in the Looking-glass: A Reflection
The Shooting Party
The Duchess and the Jeweller
Lappin and Lapinova
The Legacy

About the author: 

Edited by David Bradshaw, Hawthornden Fellow and Tutor in English Literature, Worcester College, Oxford

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