Virginia Woolf | First Editions
1882 - 1941
Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941), known professionally as Virginia Woolf, was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. She is seen as a major twentieth-century novelist and one of the foremost modernists. Woolf is also considered a major innovator in the English language; in her works, she experimented with stream of consciousness and the underlying psychological - as well as emotional - motives of characters. Woolf's works have been translated into over 50 languages. Her fiction is also often studied for its insight into shell shock, war, class and modern British society.
During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Woolf suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life, thought to have been what is now termed bipolar disorder, and committed suicide by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59.
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New York, NY: Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc., 1932. [Classic Humour] FIRST ANTHOLOGY EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm). Publisher's pale green cloth blocked in dark green, pictorial dust-wrapper priced at $2.50. Jacket just a touch dusty and marginally sunned to spine else a particularly fine copy which appears to be.....
London: The Hogarth Press, 1942. [Literary Essays] FIRST UK EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.157; . Publisher's light blue cloth with gilt titles to spine. With the dust-jacket illustrated by Vanessa Bell, priced at 9s. A clean, near fine copy with a little handling and a triangular chip to the.....
London: The Hogarth Press, 1947. [Essays] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.191. Burgundy cloth, titled in gilt to spine, pictorial pink dust-wrapper by Vanessa Bell priced at 10/6. Book is fine. The pink jacket has the inevitable loss of colour, with some chips and tears to the extremities. Very.....