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.
Praise for Mrs. Dalloway
"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."
-Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
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 (1882and#8211;1941) wasandnbsp;one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.Francine Prose is the award-winning author of a dozen works of fiction. She is a director's fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers and 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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