A Room of One's Own - Penguin Pocket Hardbacks (Paperback)
  • A Room of One's Own - Penguin Pocket Hardbacks (Paperback)

A Room of One's Own - Penguin Pocket Hardbacks (Paperback)

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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.

'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 Charlotte Bronte 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.

This Penguin Modern Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Michele Barrett.

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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141183534
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 89 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 6 mm


'Probably the most influential piece of non-fictional writing by a woman in this century' - Hermione Lee, Financial Times

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The cover quote of this book/essay sums up beautifully the aim and conclusion of this thoughtful review and assessment of women, their creative potential and their ability to fulfill it. Woolf states that @a woman... More

Paperback edition
30th May 2015
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“For fans of reading!”

This is not a book I feel quite up to the job of reviewing in depth. I found it really interesting and as always I really enjoyed Virginia Woolf's writing, her wit and beauty are so perfect.
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Paperback edition
23rd February 2012
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