Illustrated by Vanessa Bell
Never out of print since first published in 1929, this sparkling discussion of women’s status and independence still retains a pivotal place in the Western canon.
‘Intellectual freedom depends on material things. Poetry depends on intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor, not for two hundred years merely, but from the beginning of time.’
Arguably the most famous of Virginia Woolf’s many celebrated works, A Room of One’s Own has never been out of print since its first publication in 1929 by the Woolfs’ own Hogarth Press. Occupying a central place in the Western canon, Woolf’s influential and highly original masterpiece remains as powerful and captivating as when first written.
A Room of One’s Own collates a series of lectures given by Woolf at Newnham College and Girton College. While Woolf begins by discussing women and fiction, her classic work also deals with far broader issues of female status and independence which are still relevant today. For Woolf, 'a room of one’s own' develops from being an actual physical requirement for the aspiring female novelist into a metaphor for the financial autonomy necessary to make writing a viable occupation for women (and, by extension, for achieving success in other spheres).
'She pervades poetry from cover to cover; she is all but absent from history. She dominates the lives of kings and conquerors in fiction; in fact she was the slave of any boy whose parents forced a ring upon her finger.'
Well known for its creation of an imaginary sister for Shakespeare (just as talented but denied his opportunities by her sex), this superbly crafted and timeless text is coloured throughout by Woolf’s eloquence and passion. Sparkling with the author’s inimitable wit and humour, A Room of One’s Own. is a true revelation for the discerning reader.
The Folio Society edition is illustrated with evocative woodcuts by Woolf’s sister, the artist Vanessa Bell (also a leading member of the Bloomsbury Group), and its attractive binding carries the highly distinctive cover artwork from the Hogarth Press 1929 first edition.
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Review by experi-ate on 14th Sep 2017
"Having loved the novels of Virginia Woolf for years, I was thrilled to discover this beautiful edition was being published by the Folio Society. I have admired Vanessa Bell's woodcut illustrations on ..." [read more]