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Virginia Woolf's Reading Notebooks cover Virginia Woolf's Reading Notebooks

Brenda R. Silver

Princeton University Press
Copyright © 1983 Princeton University Press

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About the Book

When Virginia Woolf ended her thirty-year association with Bruce Richmond and the Times Literary Supplement, she commented in her diary that "I learnt a lot of my craft writing for him: how to compress; how to enliven; and also was made to read with a pen and notebook, seriously." Virginia Woolf's Reading Notebooks describes, dates, and identifies the sources of sixty-seven volumes of these notes. An indispensable tool for those who plan to consult the notebooks themselves, the book also illuminates, brilliantly, both the depth and breadth of Woolf's life-long love of reading and her passionate engagement with literary and social history. Most of the entries were made while reading for reviews, for critical and biographical essays, for her own information about a topic, or for background for a book. Taken as a whole, the thousands of entries jumbled together in the notebooks capture the responses of the woman and artist to the world around her, and trace the growth of the dreamy young reader into a major figure in the intellectual history of the twentieth century.

The notebooks included in this work are housed in the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection, New York Public Library; University of Sussex Special Collections, The Keep, Brighton; and the Bienecke Library, Yale University.


About the Author

Brenda R. Silver is Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor Emerita at Dartmouth College, and Adjunct Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin. Her publications include Virginia Woolf Icon (1999) and Rape and Representation (1991), edited with Lynn A. Higgins, as well as "Anon" and "The Reader": Virginia Woolf's Last Essays, A Textual Edition, with Introduction and Commentary (1979/80).


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Bibliographic Information

Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1983. ISBN 9780691064895, xv, 384 pages.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1349/ddlp.3522
Print edition: PR6045.O72 Z8764


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