An illustrated account of the life one of the classic writers of twentieth-century literature; Virginia Woolf was one of the most significant novelists of the twentieth century and a leading figure in the Bloomsbury Circle. In her brilliant, experimental novels, among them To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, she extended the boundaries of fiction writing. While Woolf delighted in the friendships and intrigues of her literary milieu, her life was marred by mental illness, and in 1941 she drowned herself. Her life and work reveal her feminist ideals, her modernism, and her acute sensitivity to the minute details of human life. In this volume, acclaimed scholar Mary Ann Caws examines the details of Woolf's career and haunted private life. Many of the accompanying illustrations showing Woolf and intimates from the Bloomsbury Circle - which included legendary economist John Maynard Keynes and biographer Lytton Strachey - are published here for the very first time, along with other rare photos and portraits providing rare insights into the mind of this enigmatic and influential writer.
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This book is part of a special series: Overlook Illustrated Lives. Each book is a handsome hardcover biography filled with color and black-and-white photographs and artwork that reveals the life of a great writer. The series includes:
Franz Kafka by Jeremy Adler
Virginia Woolf by Mary Ann Caws
F. Scott Fitzgerald by Ruth Prigozy
Vladimir Nabakov by Jane Grayson
Samuel Beckett by Gerry DukesAbout the Author:
Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York. She is the Author of many books, including works on the Bloomsbury Circle. She is the author of Picasso's Weeping Woman, and most recently, another volume in the Illustrated Lives series, Marcel Proust.
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