Virginia Woolf Diaries and Letters Five Vol. Set
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New York. Harcourt and Brace. 1977-1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine, name inscribed in ink on some title pages. Jacket Condition: Near fine, slight shelf wear on spine and edges. 5 Volumes: 1915-1919, 1920-1924, 1925-1930, 1931-1935 and 1936-1941.
Ed. by Annie Oliver Bell
Assisted by Oliver Bell
Introduction by Quentin Bell
Virginia Woolf’s complete diary is considered by some to be a masterpiece to be placed among her most notable works. On January 1, 1915 Woolf resolved to keep a daily journal as she had several times before, only 6 weeks later to be interrupted by her most prolonged breakdown, this journal was resumed in earnest in 1917 and was continued to the end of her life. The thirty notebooks she left behind provide the most intimate record of her we are likely to have.
Virginia’s plan for a diary “written after tea, indiscreetly” is fulfilled with amusing family gossip and usparing portraits of friends. But much more is offered - in brilliant descriptive passages; commentary on books, reviewing, publishing and Virginia’s own work; reports on domestic life with Leonard, their social circle, the weather, the countryside, local events and international politics.