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The Mrs. Dalloway Readerby Virginia Woolf and Francine Prose
Synopses & Reviews
The publication of Mrs. Dalloway in 1925 secured Virginia Woolf's place as a master of the modern literary form, and inspired generations of writers to come. This unique collection includes the complete text of Mrs. Dalloway and Mrs. Dalloway's Party, and also various journal entries and letters by Virginia Woolf relating to the genesis and writing of her masterpiece. Editor Francine Prose has selected these pieces as well as essays and appreciations, critical views and commentary by writers famous and unknown, all about Mrs. Dalloway. While Mrs. Dalloway remains Woolf's classic work, the lesser-known companion book, Mrs. Dalloway's Party is a kind of writer's notebook, containing many outtakes from Woolf's initial attempt to write Mrs. Dalloway. This complete volume illuminates the creation of a beloved book and the genius of its author.
This first volume of its kind contains the complete text of and guide to Virginia Woolf's masterpiece plus Mrs. Dalloway's Party, and numerous journal entries and letters by Virginia Woolf relating to the book's genesis and writing. The distinguished novelist Francine Prose has selected these pieces as well as essays and appreciations, critical views, and commentary by writers famous and unknown. This complete volume illuminates the creation of a beloved book and the genius of its author.
About the Author
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century, transformed the art of the novel. The author of numerous novels, collections of letters, journals, and short stories, she was an admired literary critic
and a master of the essay form.
Francine Prose is the author of a dozen highly acclaimed works of fiction, including the National Book Award finalist Blue Angel. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
FRANCINE PROSE: Introduction 1
VIRGINIA WOOLF: An Introduction to Mrs. Dalloway
VIRGINIA WOOLF: Mrs. Dalloway's Party
Selected Entries from the Diary of Virginia Woolf
A Letter from Virginia Woolf
KATHERINE MANSFIELD: The Garden-Party
MARGO JEFFERSON: Unreal Loyalties
JAMES WOOD: Virginia Woolf's Forgetful Selves
ELAINE SHOWALTER: Invigorating Life
MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM: First Love
E. M. FORSTER: The Early Novels of Virginia Woolf
DANIEL MENDELSOHN: Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf
SIGRID NUNEZ: On Rereading Mrs. Dalloway
DEBORAH EISENBERG: On Mrs. Dalloway
ELISSA SCHAPPELL: That Sort of Woman
VIRGINIA WOOLF: Mrs. Dalloway
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