An illustrated account of the life one of the classic writers of twentieth-century literature; Virginia Woolf was one of the most significant novelists of the twentieth century and a leading figure in the Bloomsbury Circle. In her brilliant, experimental novels, among them To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, she extended the boundaries of fiction ...Read MoreAn illustrated account of the life one of the classic writers of twentieth-century literature; Virginia Woolf was one of the most significant novelists of the twentieth century and a leading figure in the Bloomsbury Circle. In her brilliant, experimental novels, among them To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, she extended the boundaries of fiction writing. While Woolf delighted in the friendships and intrigues of her literary milieu, her life was marred by mental illness, and in 1941 she drowned herself. Her life and work reveal her feminist ideals, her modernism, and her acute sensitivity to the minute details of human life. In this volume, acclaimed scholar Mary Ann Caws examines the details of Woolf's career and haunted private life. Many of the accompanying illustrations showing Woolf and intimates from the Bloomsbury Circle - which included legendary economist John Maynard Keynes and biographer Lytton Strachey - are published here for the very first time, along with other rare photos and portraits providing rare insights into the mind of this enigmatic and influential writer.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-05-16 Biographical Details Love literature but lack leisure? Readers who appreciate the bestselling Penguin Lives series in theory but find the volumes a trifle text-heavy in practice will flock to the new Overlook Illustrated Lives series, in which scholars gloss the lives and times of great 20th-century writers in slim books replete with photographs. Ruth Prigozy's F. Scott Fitzgerald ($19.95 158p ISBN 1-58567-265-3; July), Jeremy Adler's Franz Kafka (164p -267-X) and Mary Ann Caws's Virginia Woolf (136p -264-5) make up the first batch; volumes on Nabokov and Beckett are slated for publication this fall. The reproductions of family portraits, letters, movie posters and paintings are fascinating, and the pared-down bios are clean and highly readable.(July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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