Thursday, November 15, 2007

Review of Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life by Julia Briggs

cross-posted from Motherverse Blog: Mothering Out Loud

Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life
Julia Briggs (2005)
Hardback $30
527 pgs.

The old familiar quote “A room of one’s own” most certainly applies to all writers, but takes on special significance when you are writer and mother.

That room of one’s own becomes essential. A place to get away from the kids;a place where nobody is allowed but you and your writing, and perhaps, on occasion, your literary agent.

Woolf has survived into the 21st century as a literary great, holding her place among the men of her time and still, among the writers of today.

Briggs focuses more on the writing itself: the process of it, the woman who wrote it, etc., a biography of her words, if you will, rather than churning out well-known biographical content and the social aspect of her life, familiar to Woolf readers.

What’s interesting about this book is how the individual chapters chronologically correlate with each book published by Woolf, following events and ‘inner thoughts’ concerning the book of that particular time. Throughout the book, copies of drafts, letters and dist jackets are dispersed, offering revealing glimpses into Woolf’s writing processes.

Scrupulously researched and well laid out with a fresh perspective, Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life should be on every woman’s bookshelf, in a room of her own.

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1 comment:

  1. All my years of reading and I've never got around to reading A Room of One's Own. Shameful, I know . . .