Mrs Dalloway (Paperback)

Author: Woolf, Virginia

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A poignant portrayal of the thoughts and events that comprise one day in a womans life *Author: Woolf, Virginia *Publication Date: 1990/09/01 *Number of Pages: 194 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25

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Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780156628709
SKU 30020801
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0156628708
Release Date 9/1/1990
Sales Rank 11294
Author Info
Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf was the third of four children born to Leslie Stephen, who was editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, and the beautiful Julia Prinsep Duckworth Jackson, later to be the models for Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay in TO THE LIGHTHOUSE. Virginia and her sister Vanessa were educated at home, though their brothers went away to school and later to Cambridge. The girls did, however, have the run of their father's extensive library. An outstandingly precocious child in a gifted family, Virginia decided very early to be a writer, and at age 9 began producing a family newspaper. When she was 13, her adored mother died, and shortly after that her older half-sister Stella, who served as a surrogate--traumas from which Virginia never entirely recovered. Beginning in 1895, she had recurring bouts of suicidal madness--one reason she and Leonard Woolf, whom she married in 1912, never had children. After the death of their father, the Stephen siblings moved to the part of London known as Bloomsbury, and thus began the famed Bloomsbury Group--a loose collection of friends who were also writers and artists. Virginia and Leonard Woolf founded the Hogarth Press as a distraction for Virginia after one of her bouts of madness, and it became one of Britain's most distinguished imprints, publishing not only their own books but those of their contemporaries, including Sigmund Freud. Overcome by her mental illness, and depressed about the prospects for England during the Second World War, Virginia Woolf drowned herself in 1941.
Praise
"The cinema-like speed of the picture robs us a great deal of the delight of Mrs. Woolf's style. It has to be a little clipped, a little breathless; and the reading of her book is not so easy as it seems. Her wit is irresistible. In the end no one will complain of her for using all the freedom that she can. All her technical suppleness is needed to cope with the new form. It remains experimental in so far as we are uncertain what more can be done with it, and whether it can give the author's rare gifts full play. But something real has been achieved."
"Virginia Woolf is almost alone...in the intricate yet clear art of her composition. Clarissa's day, the impressions she gives and receives...capture in a definitive matrix the drift of thought and feeling in a period, the point of view of a class, and seem almost to indicate the strength and weakness of an entire civilization....Clarissa...is conceived so brilliantly, dimensioned so thoroughly and documented so absolutely that her type...might be said to have been done 'inviolably and for all time'."
"Virginia Woolf is almost alone...in the intricate yet clear art of her composition. Clarissa's day, the impressions she gives and receives...capture in a definitive matrix the drift of thought and feeling in a period, the point of view of a class, and seem almost to indicate the strength and weakness of an entire civilization....Clarissa...is conceived so brilliantly, dimensioned so thoroughly and documented so absolutely that her type...might be said to have been done 'inviolably and for all time'."
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Annotation Influenced by Joyce's ULYSSES, Virginia Woolf's novel takes place within a 24-hour period and includes a walk around London that resembles Leopold Bloom's walk around Dublin. With MRS. DALLOWAY, Woolf turned the novel-of-manners into a work of profound psychological insights. Woolf's narrative is structured out of the internal thoughts of characters Septimus Smith, a young man and former soldier who has been traumatized by World War I, and Clarissa Dalloway, the apparently perfect hostess. Their thoughts reveal a truth of a broken society beneath the facade of smoothly mannered English mores.
First Line Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
Annotation 2 Influenced by Joyce's ULYSSES, Virginia Woolf's novel takes place within a 24-hour period and includes a stroll through the London streets that resembles Leopold Bloom's walk around Dublin. Woolf's narrative is structured out of the internal thoughts of characters Septimus Smith, the young, shell-shocked World War I veteran, and Clarissa Dalloway, the apparently perfect hostess who is preparing for her party that evening. Woolf elevates the world of the everyday, in which errands are done and buses are waited for, to a sublime evocation of the vital texture of life. But the interior monologues of Clarissa and Septimus also reveal a society that is deeply fractured beneath its smooth façade, and in which cruelty, madness, and death coexist with life's civilized pleasures. MRS. DALLOWAY is both brilliant and moving, and, with it, Woolf transformed the novel-of-manners into a work of profound psychological insights.
First Line 3 Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
Editors Note This brilliant novel explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life. Direct and vivid in her account of the details of Clarissa Dalloway’s preparations for a party she is to give that evening, Woolf ultimately managed to reveal much more. For it is the feeling behind these daily events that gives Mrs. Dalloway its texture and richness and makes it so memorable. Foreword by Maureen Howard."Mrs. Dalloway was the first novel to split the atom. If the novel before Mrs. Dalloway aspired to immensities of scope and scale, to heroic journeys across vast landscapes, with Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf insisted that it could also locate the enormous within the everyday; that a life of errands and party-giving was every bit as viable a subject as any life lived anywhere; and that should any human act in any novel seem unimportant, it has merely been inadequately observed. The novel as an art form has not been the same since. "Mrs. Dalloway also contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century." --Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
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