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Virginia Woolf Paperback – October 5, 1999
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The experience of reading this biography would be enriched by a familiarity with some of Woolf's works (Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse), but a person unfamiliar with these writings would enjoy the experience of this book just as well.
Far from being scared off, Hermione Lee rises to the occasion and delves deeply into every primary source on which she can lay her hands. The result is a triumph. She is able to weave these into a compelling narrative, never allowing the vast mass of detail to distract her or bog down the pace of the book (quite an accomplishment, given the 800-900 or so pages...)Whenever the reader is poised to ask of Lee how she reaches a given conclusion, within a paragraph the answer is presented, deftly and effortlessly.
The result is a highly accomplished biography and one that should serve as a model for any other aspiring literary biographer. The Woolf that emerges is one that stands apart from the existing biographies, all of which have their own flaws (written by a family member, with all the flaws that brings; written to demonstrate that Woolf was first and foremost a victim of sexual abuse, etc.) Lee's Woolf is an independent woman who constructed a life that suited her, however little understood it may have been by those around her.Read more ›
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In Hermione Lee's admirably circumstantial biography VIRGINIA WOOLF (1999), she discusses Virginia Woolf's two essays "Anon" and "The Reader" in connection with her 1941 novel... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas J. Farrell
In her book about the immensely complex, Virginia Woolf, Hermione Lee perceptively paints the portrait of this prominent writer with words. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Holly
it came as was stated and i really enjoyed it and inspired me to order more of VW's writings from AmazonPublished 10 months ago by Laverne Ewer
I love Virginia and the entire Bloomsbury group so this was great.Published 12 months ago by Trudy J.
I got this from a library and a lot of photo some pages missing
the book itself is the best--Bell book much inferior
The definitive biography--accept no substitutes. And Lee writes wonderfully too. The organization--partly by topics that take in swaths of VW's history--makes the book readable . . Read morePublished 15 months ago by Miles Prauer
This was so awful, I didn't last more than 20-30 pages. What a bizarre way to write a biography-it was just too clever and second guessing to be of any interest at all.Published 16 months ago by Joy S