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A Room of One's Own (Paperback)

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Reading this essay was my present to myself upon turning 30. How to prioritize writing and the intellectual life is perhaps a perennial question, framed by Woolf for the 20th century. In a delightfully wistful yet concentrated manner she ponders the lack of women's fiction in publication, and hypothesizes an experiment: every woman bent towards the creative act needs 500 euros a year and a room. The graduate, the creative, or the lover of Woolf will find solace in her words.

— From Elise

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“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different. This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. If only she had found the means to create, argues Woolf, she would have reached the same heights as her immortal sibling.

In this classic essay, Woolf takes on the establishment, using her gift of language to dissect the world around her and give voice to those who are without. Her message is a simple one: women must have a steady income and a room of their own in order to have the freedom to create.

With a Foreword by Mary Gordon

About the Author


VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was 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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780156787338
ISBN-10: 0156787334
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: December 27th, 1989
Pages: 128
Language: English
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