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Night and Day
, by Virginia Woolf
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A long neglected masterpiece, Night and Day reveals Virginia Woolfs mastery of the traditional English novel. With its classic comic structure, minutely observed characters, and delicate irony, Woolfs second novel has invited comparison to the works of Shakespeare, Mozart, and Jane Austen.
Set in Edwardian London, Night and Day contrasts the lives of two friends, Katherine Hilbery and Mary Datchet. Katherine is the bored, frustrated granddaughter of an eminent English poet. She lives at her parents home and is engaged to a prig who exemplifies the stultifying life from which she wishes to be free, until she meets a possible avenue of escape in the person of Ralph Denham. Mary Datchet, on the other hand, represents an alternative to marriageshe has been to college, lives on her own, and finds fulfillment in working for the womens rights movement.
As the story dances delightfully among the novels brilliantly drawn characters, serious questions about the nature of romance arise. Is love real or illusory? Can love and marriage coexist? Is love necessary for happiness?
Rachel Wetzsteon is Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University. She has published two books of poems, The Other Stars and Home and Away.
About the Author
is Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University. She has published two books of poems, The Other Stars
and Home and Away