Virginia Woolf by Dr. Julia Briggs
An Inner Life

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Virginia Woolf is one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century literature. She was original, passionate, vivid, dedicated to her art. Yet most writing about her still revolves around her social life and the Bloomsbury set.

In this fresh, absorbing book, Julia Briggs puts the writing back at the center of Woolf's life, reads that life through her work, and mines the novels themselves to create a compelling new form of biography. Analyzing Woolf's own commentary on the creative process through her letters, diaries, and essays, Julia Briggs has produced a book that is a convincing, moving portrait of an artist, as well as a profound meditation on the nature of creativity.

Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life-a brilliant new insight into a literary genius.


About Dr. Julia Briggs

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JULIA BRIGGS is a professor of English at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. She was professor of Woolf studies at Hereford College, Oxford, for many years and is currently the editor of the reprint series of Woolf's novels. She lives in Leicester.
Published January 1, 2005 by Harcourt Brace. 544 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The evolution of Woolf’s critical, social and political thought over the same period is almost equally important: Books like The Common Reader, Three Guineas and, most famously, A Room of One’s Own supported her efforts to reshape fiction with trenchant analysis of gender, ethnic and class prejud...

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Making deft use of letters and diaries, Briggs always steps aside to let Woolf express it best: The urge to write was "like being harnessed to a shark," Woolf wrote, while receiving praise was "like being a violin and being played upon."

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This author, who is professor of English and Women's Studies at De Montfort University, identifies and corrals her readership by stating that Woolf's art is the main source of her interest "for us" - "us" in this instance being not her academic peers, nor her students (who will nevertheless find ...

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