Celebrating Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf : a portrait
Summary:Winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt award for biography, this remarkable portrait sheds new light on Virginia Woolf’s relationships with her family and friends and how they shaped her work. Virginia Woolf: A Portrait blends recently unearthed documents, key primary sources, and personal interviews with Woolf’s relatives and other acquaintances to render in unmatched detail the author’s complicated relationship with her husband, Leonard; her father, Leslie Stephen; and her half-sister, Vanessa Bell. Forrester connects these figures to Woolf’s mental breakdown while introducing the concept of “Virginia seule,” or Virginia alone: an uncommon paragon of female strength and conviction. Forrester’s biography inhabits her characters and vivifies their perspective, weaving a colorful, intense drama that forces readers to rethink their understanding of Woolf, her writing, and her world.
A room of one’s own
Summary:Why is it that men, and not women, have always had power, wealth, and fame? Woolf cites the two keys to freedom: fixed income and one’s own room. Foreword by Mary Gordon.
Virginia Woolf : an inner life
Summary:A portrait of the influential twentieth-century writer steps away from traditional explorations of her Bloomsbury social circles to reveal how her life was centered on her writing; drawing on letters, diaries, and essays to explain how her written works reflect her formative experiences and creative philosophies.
To the lighthouse
Summary:A landmark of modern fiction, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse explores the subjective reality of everyday life in the Hebrides for the Ramsay family.
Summary:In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, ‘Mrs. Dalloway, ‘ under the care of doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband’s birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf’s novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it.
Summary:A richly detailed, monumental biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers traces Woolf’s life and career, detailing her personal relationships, her chronic illness, and the forces, factors, and ideas that shaped her life.
Summary:A poignant portrayal of the thoughts and events that comprise one day in a woman’s life.
Square haunting : five writers in London between the wars
Summary:"In the early twentieth century, Mecklenburgh Square, a hidden architectural gem in the heart of London, was a radical address. On the outskirts of Bloomsbury known for the eponymous group who "lived in squares, painted in circles, and loved in triangles," the square was home to students, struggling artists, and revolutionaries. In the pivotal era between the two world wars, the lives of five remarkable women intertwined at this one address: modernist poet H. D., detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and author and publisher Virginia Woolf. In an era when women’s freedoms were fast expanding, they each sought a space where they could live, love, and above all work independently."–
Orlando; a biography.
Summary:Orlando doubles as first an Elizabethan nobleman and then as a Victorian heroine who undergoes all the transitions of history in this novel that examines sex roles and social mores.