Collecting two book-length essays, A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas is Virginia Woolf's most powerful feminist writing, justifying the need for women to possess intellectual freedom and financial independence. This Penguin Modern Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Michele Barrett.
A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College, Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics, ranging in its themes from Jane Austen and Carlotte Brontė to the silent fate of Shakespeare's gifted (imaginary) sister and the effects of poverty and sexual constraint on female creativity.
Three Guineas was published almost a decade later and breaks new ground in its discussion of men, militarism and women's attitudes towards war. These two pieces reveal Virginia Woolf's fiery spirit and sophisticated wit, and confirm her status as a highly inspirational essayist.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is regarded as a major 20th century author and essayist, a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist, and the centre of 'The Bloomsbury Group'. This informal collective of artists and writers which included Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, exerted a powerful influence over early twentieth-century British culture. Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to the poetic and highly experimental novel The Waves (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography, including the playfully subversive Orlando (1928) and A Room of One's Own (1929) a passionate feminist essay.
If you enjoyed A Room of One's Own, you might like Woolf's Orlando, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
'Probably the most influential piece of non-fictional writing by a woman in this century'
Hermione Lee, Financial Times
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An extended essay, first published in 1929 and based on a series of lectures that Woolf delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. The extended essay employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction; and is generally seen as a feminist text. It is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by men.
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Virginia Woolf made her name as a leading member of the experimental writers known as the 'Bloomsbury Group'. Such was her reputation, in 1928 she was asked to lecture on 'Women and Fiction' at Cambridge University's only two female colleges, Newnham and Girton. The result was a penetrating and passionate analysis, in which Woolf turns a jaundiced eye on (all-male) literary criticisms, castigates those who pretend great art is not dependent on material things, and laments the financial poverty of her sex as the major impediment to literary success. She concludes that an aspiring female writer needs "five hundred a year and a room with a lock on the door if you are to write fiction or poetry." A 'Room Of One's Own' remains justly famous as a feminist classic, widely regarded as the single most important work of feminist literary criticism to date.
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