Selected Essays

ISBN : 9780199556069

Virginia Woolf; David Bradshaw
288 ページ
130 x 196 mm
Oxford World's Classics

A good essay must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in, not out.'

According to Virginia Woolf, the goal of the essay 'is simply that it should give pleasure...It should lay us under a spell with its first word, and we should only wake, refreshed, with its last.' One of the best practitioners of the art she analysed so rewardingly, Woolf displayed her essay-writing skills across a wide range of subjects, with all the craftsmanship, substance, and rich allure of her novels. This selection brings together thirty of her best essays, including the famous 'Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown', a clarion call for modern fiction. She discusses the arts of writing and of reading, and the particular role and reputation of women writers. She writes movingly about her father and the art of biography, and of the London scene in the early decades of the twentieth century. Overall, these pieces are as indispensable to an understanding of this great writer as they are enchanting in their own right.

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The Decay of Essay-Writing
Modern Fiction
The Modern Essay
How it Strikes a Contemporary
Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown
Character in Fiction
Impassioned Prose
How Should One Read a Book?
Poetry, Fiction and the Future
The Feminine Note in Fiction
Women Novelists
Women and Fiction
Professions for Women
Memories of a Working Women's Guild
The New Biography
On Being Ill
The Art of Biography
Thunder at Wembley
The Cinema
Street Haunting: A London Adventure
The Sun and the Fish
The Docks of London
Oxford Street Tide
Evening over Sussex: Reflections in a Motor Car
Flying over London
Why Art Today Follows Politics
Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid


Edited by David Bradshaw, Reader in English Literature, Oxford University