Virginia Woolf's last novel, in equal parts a triumphant celebration and witty mockery of 'Englishness', "Between the Acts" is edited by Stella McNichol, with an introduction and notes by Gillian Beer in "Penguin Modern Classics". Outwardly a novel about life in a country house in whose grounds there is to be a pageant, "Between the Acts" is also ...Read MoreVirginia Woolf's last novel, in equal parts a triumphant celebration and witty mockery of 'Englishness', "Between the Acts" is edited by Stella McNichol, with an introduction and notes by Gillian Beer in "Penguin Modern Classics". Outwardly a novel about life in a country house in whose grounds there is to be a pageant, "Between the Acts" is also a striking evocation of English experience in the months leading up to the Second World War. Through dialogue, humour and the passionate musings of the characters, Virginia Woolf explores how a community is formed (and scattered) over time. The tableau, a series of scenes from English history, and the private dramas that go on between the acts are closely interlinked. Through the figure of Miss La Trobe, author of the pageant, Virginia Woolf questions imperialist assumptions and, at the same time, re-creates the elusive role of the artist. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is regarded as a major 20th century author and essayist, a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist, and the centre of "The Bloomsbury Group". This informal collective of artists and writers which included Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, exerted a powerful influence over early twentieth-century British culture. Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from "Mrs Dalloway" (1925) to the poetic and highly experimental novel "The Waves" (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography, including the playfully subversive "Orlando" (1928) and "A Room of One's Own" (1929) a passionate feminist essay. If you enjoyed "Between the Acts", you might like Woolf's "The Waves", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "A powerful and prophetic statement". (Richard Shone, "The Times").Read Less
Good. No dust jacket. 1941 stated first American edition. Sunning, soil, rubbing and slight fraying on cover, lettering faded from spine, bottom corners bumped, sticker residue on back ep, pages tanned, soil/dust and a stan on top edge, else text clean, binding still good.
Very good in very good dust jacket. UK hardback reprint from 1969. From a uniform edition in attractive reddish-brown and yellow jacket. VG with slight spotting to top page edges in VG jacket, clipped with a little spine browning and a few spots. The Hogarth Press 1969. 0.0 0.0" 0.0 0.0.
Good. 015611870X 1941 Harcourt Brace hard cover-stated First American Edition-no dust jacket-some staining to cover and page edge-some text on binding faded-label inside cover-some staining inside cover-otherwise binding strong contents clean-a nice collectible-enjoy.
Octavo (178 × 118 mm). Finely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in brown half morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, matching cloth boards, decorative endpapers, top edge gilt. Spine slightly marked, an excellent copy. First edition, first impression. A handsomely bound copy. Published after her suicide by her husband Leonard Woolf owner of the Hogarth press.
Fine in VG jacket. Sm 8vo. Original blue cloth with gilt stamping, in dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell. Cloth clean and bright, previous owner's bookplate on f.p.d., former bookseller's label on lower inner corner of f.f.e.p. Pages age toned consistent with poor quality war-time paper. Jacket scuffed and dust-soiled, shallow chipping at extremities, closed tears in fold of spine panel, front flap; a deeper (3/4") closed tear at top of rear flap fold, with tape repair on verso. Scans available on request.
Vanessa Bell. Woolf, Virginia. BETWEEN THE ACTS. London: The Hogarth Press, 1941. 8vo., Publisher's blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. A fine copy in like dustwrapper printed in black designed by Vanessa Bell. One short closed tear. A much better than usual example. Published July 1941. Kirkpatrick A26a; Woolmer 488.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt; with the white dust jacket printed in black designed by Vanessa Bell. Circular bookplate to pastedown, dust jacket with small pieces of tape unnecessarily adhered to the verso covering very minor closed tears. A bright copy. First edition, first impression, Arthur Waley's copy, with his pencil ownership inscription. Published July 1941. Kirkpatrick A26a; Woolmer 488.
Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full dark blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, burgundy coated endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy. First Edition, First Impression.
Vanessa Bell. Signed Woolf, Virginia. BETWEEN THE ACTS. Presentation by John Lehmann. London: The Hogarth Press, 1941. First Edition. Woolf, Virginia. BETWEEN THE ACTS. Presentation by John Lehmann. London: The Hogarth Press, 1941. 8vo., Publisher's blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper printed in black designed by Vanessa Bell and showing modest loss. Inscribed in black ink on the front free endpaper in the year of publication: Demetrios / With best wishes / from / John Lehmann / 24 vii. 41". "John Lehmann played a significant role in bringing Between The Acts to publication. When Woolf felt the novel not worth publishing, she and Leonard agreed to give Lehmann the 'casting vote'. (VW Letters Vol. 6). Lehmann replied to her letter praising the novel however, she had decided it was 'too silly and trivial'. She committed suicide soon after writing this to Lehmann and in his memoir, Thrown To The Woolfs, Lehmann speaks of bringing the book out as a kind of homage to her". Hussey, Mark. An important association copy. Published July 1941. Kirkpatrick A26a; Woolmer 488.
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