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By Barbara Lounsberry

ISBN-10: 0813049911

ISBN-13: 9780813049915

“Explores the background of Woolf's diaries, not just to bare heretofore unremarked resources but in addition to track her evolving experience of probabilities in diary-writing, probabilities which contributed to shaping Woolf as a fiction author. A must-read for devotees of Virginia Woolf.”—Panthea Reid, writer of Art and Affection: a lifetime of Virginia Woolf
 
“This revealing e-book provides us a diarist with higher literary variety than Pepys and provides us a moment excitement: the infinitely diverse voices of the diaries Virginia learn. They fascinate us as they fascinate her: these writers who inspired, warned, comforted, and proficient a constructing genius.”—Nancy expense, writer of Sleeping with the Enemy
 
“Lounsberry’s deeply researched and gracefully written e-book indicates not just Woolf’s improvement right into a nice diarist but in addition her evolvement into the fiction and nonfiction author respected today.”—Gay Talese, writer of A Writer’s Life
 
Encompassing thirty-eight handwritten volumes, Virginia Woolf’s diary is her lengthiest and longest-sustained work—and her final to arrive the general public. within the simply full-length e-book to discover deeply this luminous and boundary-stretching masterpiece, Barbara Lounsberry strains Woolf’s improvement as a author via her first twelve diaries—a attention-grabbing experimental degree, the place the earliest tricks of Woolf’s pioneering modernist variety could be seen.

Starting with fourteen-year-old Woolf’s first palm-sized leather-based diary, Becoming Virginia Woolf illuminates how her deepest and public writing used to be formed through the diaries of different writers together with Samuel Pepys, James Boswell, the French Goncourt brothers, Mary Coleridge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Woolf’s “diary parents”—Sir Walter Scott and Fanny Burney. those key literary connections open a brand new and vital window onto the tale of 1 of literature’s most famous modernists.
 

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On February 1, “Poor Miss Jan is bewildered” at being pressed into the role of Stella’s chaperone—a sentence that allows the diarist not only to identify her emotion and its cause but also to administer sympathy to herself (PA 27). Nineteen days later “Poor Miss Jan utterly lost her wits” at the Stillmans. In this more extended use Virginia again offers sympathy to her distressed self (“Poor Miss Jan”); however, she also owns her behavior through vivid description and appears, through analysis, to accept her social limits: “So we left, I with the conviction that what ever talents Miss Jan may have, she does not possess the one qualifying her to shine in good society” (PA 39).

18 Fanny Burney and her diary, I believe, hover (literally) in the background of A Room of One’s Own. Judith Shakespeare may have “set fire” to her early “scribblings,” Woolf speculates there (49). Woman before the eighteenth century “never writes her own life and scarcely keeps a diary” (47). Diarist Burney, in fact, may be so important that Woolf cannot directly own the legacy. Instead she demonstrates the influence separately and creatively through the engaging Burney essays, works allowing the colt (Burney) to gallop around the field, and the woman (Woolf) to fill her pail at the well—and any donkey who wishes to bray.

Diarist Burney, in fact, may be so important that Woolf cannot directly own the legacy. Instead she demonstrates the influence separately and creatively through the engaging Burney essays, works allowing the colt (Burney) to gallop around the field, and the woman (Woolf) to fill her pail at the well—and any donkey who wishes to bray. On May 5, 1930, Woolf writes to Vita Sackville-West from Taunton in Somerset: “Every street like Pope or Dryden: and everywhere Burke stayed or Sir Walter Scott, Wordsworth and Fanny Burney” (L #2173, 4: 162–63).

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