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Three Guineas 1st Edition
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This work's mportance is immense; it is a 1938 update of and response to Mary Wollstonecraft's A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN (1792).. If you find the reading difficult at first, read it aloud to yourself until you get a sense of Woolf's style and voice. This is a sequel to A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN, much more potent than that canonized work.
It appears that the text of the Kindle edition was entered by optical character recognition and was not reviewed either by a human being or even by a spell-check program. After noticing, but not marking, a significant number of obvious typographical errors, I began marking them in a distinctive manner to distinguish them from other notes and marks. After finishing the book I went back and counted the typographical errors so marked and arrived at approximately 90. It is safe to say that estimating the unmarked errors comes up with a total of well over 100, or an average of at least one for every other page. These include word substitutions, word misspellings and punctuation errors. I only marked obvious and indubitable errors and did not mark spellings that might be attributable to British English or punctuation that is merely questionable, possibly by reason of Woolf’s idiosyncratic punctuation style.
This shoddy edition is an insult to the memory of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and to readers as well. The constant barrage of errors makes it impossible to read the book for itself.
I don’t know whether the responsibility for quality control lies with the publisher or with Amazon, but I think it should be with both. The book publisher has the same responsibility for care about the quality of its product no matter what the medium in which its product will appear, print or digital. Amazon markets the product as a “Kindle edition”, and has a responsibility to protect the integrity of its trademark, as well as a commercial interest in doing so.Read more ›
Here are some quotations from the book:
"Our class is the weakest of all the classes in the state. We have no weapon with which to enforce our will." (Pg. 13)
"...our new weapon, the influence which the educated man's daughter can exert now that she is able to earn her own living." (Pg. 17)
"...in the present state of things the most effective way in which we can help you through education to prevent war is to subscribe as generously as possible to the colleges for the daughters of educated men." (Pg. 37)
"The questions that we have to ask and to answer about that procession during this moment of transition are so important they they may well change the lives of all men and women for ever. For we have to ask ourselves, here and now, do we wish to join that procession? Above all, where is it leading us, the procession of educated men?" (Pg. 62)
"She will find that she has no good reason to ask her brother to fight on her behalf to protect 'our' country. 'Our country,' she will say, 'throughout the greater part of our history has treated me as a slave; it has denied me an education or any share in its possessions.'" (Pg. 108)
"...we can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods. We can best help you to prevent war not by joining your society but by remaining outside your society but in co-operation with your aim." (Pg. 143)
Woolf received requests for three guineas from a women's college, from a society for promoting professional women and finally from a group requesting the prevention of war. This essay is Woolf's answer to those requests. While it is extraordinarily cumbersome to read the bottom line suggests that a society which promotes only one aspect of itself and suffocates anything else will never be advanced enough to protect its own culture and intellect from revolutions and wars. And because the idea of fighting rests in the very aspect so highly promoted (male dominated society) all of the laws and practices contain this strife and will until other parts of society are allowed a fair voice. The interesting concept is how little society has advanced from this original idea and the strife continues to be a factor today. Woolf suggests war exists as a profession and an act that offers "happiness and excitement" for the very society it falls under. In fact she goes as far to suggest that men would deteriorate without the outlet of war to contend with. Woolf discusses patriotism as a purely male act because of the fact that women simply cannot be patriots in a culture that suffocates their voices and refuses to educate them (remember this is 1938). The disturbing thought is that women are now able to vote, work and fight in wars but our culture remains basically the same with white males in domination. How slow we are to advance!
Virginia Woolf believed that war could only be prevented through an educational system that stopped the glamorization of it and instead taught the inhumanity of the act.Read more ›
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This title forms the basis for any other feminist tract that's ever been written since. This book-length essay is simply exceptional, and is very very powerful.Published on December 30, 2012 by New to Amazon
Everyone reads A room of one's own. Don't miss this one. On the eve of fascism. She's both a feminist and a critic of feminism. A curious insight into the interwar periodPublished on December 13, 2012 by Ellen C. Dubois
I ordered this book and had it quickly. Not only that, but the book was in perfect condition! It was wonderful and better than expected!Published on November 26, 2012 by Kindle Customer
Virginia Woolf wrote "Three Guineas" because of the wide spread response to "A Room of One's Own." The tone is quite different, though the glittering prose is the same. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Amazon Customer
If you've come in search of more Virginia Woolf essays after being blown away by A Room of One's Own, be warned - Three Guineas isn't as good as that earlier, astonishing essay. Read morePublished on September 20, 2004 by Abigail Nussbaum