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ISBN-13: 978-0156711609 ISBN-10: 0156711605

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These early journals, beginning when Woolf was only fifteen, open at a time when she was recovering from a period of madness. They are the beginning of the future Virginia Woolf?s apprenticeship as a novelist. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.
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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (May 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156711605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156711609
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1997
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Sunday 5 September 1897: "Rained all day, except for an hour in the afternoon when Nessa & I tramped forth for a long muddy walk." Monday 6 September: "Jack & Gerald went. In the afternoon we went for a long walk with father- We lost Shag & Thoby, & were altogether furious." Many of the journal entries contained in A Passionate Apprentice contain trivialities such as these, telling us the who, why, and when of visits and visitors. In his introduction, Leaska refers to the entries holistically as "that rare instance when a writer of great importance leaves behind not only the actual documents of an apprenticeship, but also a biographical record of that momentous period as well." A reconciliation begs to be made here, as trivialities can hardly be equated with the revealing autobiography Leaska alludes to. True to Virginia Woolf's artistic credo, it is therefore the reader's task to realize the whole made of "shivering fragments," the symmetry composed of "infinite discords."
Ironically, this causes much of Leaska's research to be unceremoniously ignored. Only readers who have been tempered in the Woolf canon should dare enter these pages, for their content is wasted on the unfamiliar. Even for those who survive such a culling, there still remains the task of ingesting all the background explanation that Leaska has so scrupulously procured in footnote, and this is all but impossible, let alone desirable. We need not trouble ourselves with tromping through the genealogy of a one time visitor at tea, or of the concert programmes for performances Woolf attended. Nonetheless Leaska has supplied information such as this, giving the journals a completeness only Woolf herself might appreciate for the way they contextualize even the minutest incident.
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