Here is the first volume in another major series of Virginia Woolf's writings: her essays and reviews, arranged chronologically and annotated. Most of the pieces109 in all, 83 of which have not previously been collectedbegan as anonymous reviews in the Times Literary Supplement. Evidently, Woolf had to endure quite a lot of rubbishy fiction during these years, but she usually managed to find something positive to say, and a few essays stand out in the way they seem to point to Woolf's gestating fictional vision. Overall, these are polished works of literary journalismshrewd, deft, inquisitive, graceful, and often sparkling. They "form an invaluable record of their author's intellectual and professional life" and in the bargain survive as enjoyable reading. Keith Cushman, English Dept., Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
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About A Truth Universally Acknowledged
Why are we so fascinated with Jane Austen’s novels? Why is Austen so universally beloved? The essayists in this volume offer their thoughts on the delightful puzzle of Austen’s popularity. Classic and contemporary writers—novelists, essayists, journalists, scholars, and a filmmaker—discuss the tricks and treasures of Austen’s novels, from her witty dialogue, to the arc and sweep of her story lines, to her prescriptions for life and love.
Virginia Woolf examines Austen’s maturation as an artist and speculates on how her writing would have changed had she lived another twenty years, while Anna Quindlen examines the enduring issues of social pressure and gender politics that make Pride and Prejudice as vital today as ever. From Harold Bloom to Martin Amis, Somerset Maugham to Jay McInerney, Eudora Welty to Amy Bloom, each writer reflects on Austen’s place in both the literary canon and our cultural imagination.