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Mrs. Dalloway

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This brilliant novel explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman's life. Direct and vivid in her account of the details of Clarissa Dalloway's preparations for a party she is to give that evening, Woolf ultimately managed to reveal much more. For it is the feeling behind these daily events that gives Mrs. Dalloway its texture and richness and makes it so memorable. Foreword by Maureen Howard.

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"Mrs. Dalloway was the first novel to split the atom. If the novel before Mrs. Dalloway aspired to immensities of scope and scale, to heroic journeys across vast landscapes, with Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf insisted that it could also locate the enormous within the everyday; that a life of errands and party-giving was every bit as viable a subject as any life lived anywhere; and that should any human act in any novel seem unimportant, it has merely been inadequately observed. The novel as an art form has not been the same since. Mrs. Dalloway also contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century." Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

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Direct and vivid in its telling of the details of a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, the novel manages ultimately to deliver much more. It is the feelings that loom behind those daily events — the social alliances, the shopkeeper's exchange, the fact of death — that give Mrs. Dalloway texture and richness.

About the Author

Born in 1882, the daughter of Julia Jackson Duckworth and Victorian scholar Sir Leslie Stephen, Virginia Stephen settled in 46 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, in 1904. This house would become the first meeting place of the now-famous Bloomsbury Group — writers, artists, and intellectuals such as E. M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, and Lytton Strachey who, along with Virginia and her sister Vanessa, shared an intense belief in the importance of the arts and a skepticism regarding their society's conventions and restraints. It was after Virginia's 1912 marriage to Leonard Woolf — a remarkable and supportive twenty-nine-year-union-that she began to publish her major work. Her first novel, The Voyage Out, appeared in 1915 and was followed by Night and Day (1919), Jacob's Room (1922), Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), The Waves (1931), and The Years (1937). Woolf is also admired for her contributions to literary criticism in general and to feminist criticism in particular, with A Room of One's Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1937) reflecting the full range of her intellectual vigor, insight, and compassion for the role cast for female artists in the modern world. Additionally, Woolf's diary and correspondence, published posthumously, provide an invaluable window into her world offer — flung relationships and interests, imaginative depth, and creative method. The victim of a lifetime of mental illness, Woolf committed suicide in 1941. She left behind her a literary legacy, including The Hogarth Press, established with Leonard in 1917, which published not only Woolf's own work but that of an increasingly influential group of innovative writers-including T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Katherine Mansfield.

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hip--eponymous, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by hip--eponymous)
I read Mrs. Dalloway during an existentialism themed book binge during the Fall of 2012 and it was by far my favorite. The parallel's between Dalloway and Septimus along with the beautiful, fluid, language that Virginia Woolf is so well known for is a must read for any fan of existentialism as well as any young woman attempting to figure out what it means to be a person.
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Stephen Mills, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Stephen Mills)
One of the greatest books of the 20th century. This is a masterpiece and one of the Woolf's finest novels. A must read.
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Family Trunk Project, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Family Trunk Project)
Mrs. Dalloway is very special. I know that some people hate it, but I cannot comprehend that. To me it is the most beautiful, perfectly-realized novel in the English (or perhaps any) language, and reading it convinced me that art is worth making. The use of language; the subtle ways in which communication is difficult, effortless, impossible or transcendent for the different characters at different times; the ways that compromise is both heartbreaking and gorgeous; the anger and love; the gifts that people give one another without realizing it; the way that simple objects become fraught with real significance and everyday, domestic scenes become beautiful moments to treasure...the hat-making scene! The scene where Peter and Clarissa roam in and out of each others' thoughts! The way that everyone in London is interconnected! Elizabeth's ride on the bus! Clarissa's explanation of why she wants to give the party! Every sentence in this novel is gorgeous; the book as a whole is one of the most scathing-yet-kind, brutal-yet-beautiful true inventions I have ever come across.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156628709
Author:
Woolf, Virginia
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Foreword by:
Howard, Maureen
Foreword:
Howard, Maureen
Author:
Howard, Maureen
Location:
San Diego :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
England
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Parties
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Married women -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Harvest/HBJ
Series Volume:
00-1
Publication Date:
19900931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.44 lb

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Product details 216 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156628709 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mrs. Dalloway was the first novel to split the atom. If the novel before Mrs. Dalloway aspired to immensities of scope and scale, to heroic journeys across vast landscapes, with Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf insisted that it could also locate the enormous within the everyday; that a life of errands and party-giving was every bit as viable a subject as any life lived anywhere; and that should any human act in any novel seem unimportant, it has merely been inadequately observed. The novel as an art form has not been the same since. Mrs. Dalloway also contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century."
"Synopsis" by , Direct and vivid in its telling of the details of a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, the novel manages ultimately to deliver much more. It is the feelings that loom behind those daily events — the social alliances, the shopkeeper's exchange, the fact of death — that give Mrs. Dalloway texture and richness.
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