Kew Gardens and Other Short Fiction (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198838135

Virginia Woolf; Bryony Randall; David Bradshaw
160 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Nov 2021
Oxford World's Classics
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  • The Introduction draws on the latest Woolf scholarship which continues to naturally flourish, with Woolf's long-neglected short fiction finally attracting significant critical attention
  • Updated bibliography and revised notes
  • Up-to-date bibliography and full chronology

New to this Edition:

  • Introduction by Bryony Randall
  • Revised and updated Select Bibliography
  • New and expanded Notes

'The ponderous woman looked through the pattern of falling words at the flowers standing cool, firm, and upright in the earth, with a curious expression. . .So heavy the woman came to a standstill opposite the oval shaped flowerbed, and ceased even to pretend to listen to what the other woman was saying.'
Virginia Woolf's short fiction has long been acknowledged as the place where she tried out some of her more experimental techniques before adopting and adapting them for use in her novel-length works. While this is certainly true, it is also the case that these short pieces are now increasingly being recognized as important works of art in their own right, rather than simply flights of experimental fancy awaiting their full actualization in the novel form.
This new edition edited by Bryony Randall emphasises the startling variety in Woolf's experimentation during the most productive period of short fiction writing in Woolf's life, the late 1910s through to the end of the 1920s. It draws readers' attention to the deep political engagements evident across the range of her work and on the recent burgeoning of work in modernist print culture to set out the importance of the material context of these works' initial publication and reception.


Note on the Text
Note on Publication and Spelling
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Virginia Woolf

The Mark on the Wall
Kew Gardens
An Unwritten Novel
Solid Objects
A Hanuted House
Monday or Tuesday
Blue and Green
The String Quartet
A Society
n the Orchard
Woman's College From Outside
The New Dress
'Slater's Pins Have No Points'
The Lady in the Looking-glass: A Reflection
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Virginia Woolf, Bryony Randall, Professor of Modernist Literature, University of Glasgow, and David Bradshaw, Former professor of English literature at Worcester College, Oxford University
Bryony Randall is Professor of Modernist Literature, University of Glasgow. She is co-General Editor with Jane Goldman and Susan Sellers of the Cambridge edition of the works of Virginia Woolf, and volume editor of the Collected Short Fiction for that edition. Her publications include Modernism, Daily Time and Everyday Life (CUP 2007), and as co-editor with Jane Goldman, the collection of essays Virginia Woolf in Context (CUP 2013).

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