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Virginia Woolf: Becoming a Writer.

Woolf, Virginia] Dalsimer, Katherine.

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ISBN 10: 0300092083 / ISBN 13: 9780300092080
Published by Yale Univ Press, New Haven, 2002
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A Fine unread copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. Psychologist Katherine Dalsimer has written a probing study of Woolf's journey as a writer by examining her early journals, letters and her published juvenilia. In so doing, she illuminates the process by which Woolf successfully made the "voyage out" as a writer and changed the face of 20th Century literature. Catalog Chai. Bookseller Inventory # 21530

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Title: Virginia Woolf: Becoming a Writer.

Publisher: Yale Univ Press, New Haven

Publication Date: 2002

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.

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By the time she was twenty-four, Virginia Woolf had suffered a series of devastating losses that later she would describe as sledge-hammer blows,” beginning with the death of her mother when she was thirteen years old and followed by those of her half-sister, father, and brother. Yet vulnerable as she was ( skinless” was her word) she began, through these years, to practice her art and to discover how it could serve her. Ultimately, she came to feel that it was her shock-receiving capacity” that had made her a writer.
Astonishingly gifted from the start, Woolf learned to be attentive to the movements of her own mind. Through self-reflection she found a language for the ebb and flow of thought, fantasy, feeling, and memory, for the shifts of light and dark. And in her writing she preserved, recreated, and altered the dead, altering in the process her internal relationship with their invisible presences.” I will go backwards & forwards” she remarked in her diary, a comment on both her imaginative and writerly practice.
Following Woolf’s lead, psychologist Katherine Dalsimer moves backward and forward between the work of Woolf’s maturity and her early journals, letters, and unpublished juvenilia to illuminate the process by which Woolf became a writer. Drawing on psychoanalytic theory as well as on Woolf’s life and work, and trusting Woolf’s own self-observations, Dalsimer offers a compelling account of a young artist’s voyage out a voyage that Virginia Woolf began by looking inward and completed by looking back.

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"Dalsimer's literary sensitivity, psychoanalytic sophistication, and expert understanding of female development enrich our appreciation of Virginia Woolf and her work. Dalsimer weaves together Woolf's fiction, letters, and diaries, giving new meaning to each. The result makes for wonderful reading."—Robert Michels, M.D., Cornell University "This astute study is written with eloquence, clarity, and tact. A wonderful contribution." —Paul Schwaber, Wesleyan University

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