Mrs. Dalloway

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Wordsworth Editions, Jan 1, 1996 - Fiction - 141 pages
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Virginia Woolf's singular technique in Mrs Dalloway heralds a break with the traditional novel form and reflects a genuine humanity and a concern with the experiences that both enrich and stultify existence. Society hostess, Clarissa Dalloway is giving a party. Her thoughts and sensations on that one day, and the interior monologues of others whose lives are interwoven with hers gradually reveal the characters of the central protagonists. Clarissa's life is touched by tragedy as the events in her day run parallel to those of Septimus Warren Smith, whose madness escalates as his life draws toward inevitable suicide.
  

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
22
Section 4
36
Section 5
42
Section 6
44
Section 7
49
Section 8
110
Section 9
120
Section 10
136
Section 11
143
Section 12
147
Copyright

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The International Virginia Woolf Society
Allied organization of the Modern Language Association which presents two annual sessions on Woolf and her works. Bibliography, mailing list details, ...
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sparknotes: Mrs. Dalloway
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The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain
Literary society; with newsletters, membership details and event listings
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nytimes
Mrs. Dalloway in her own home is ''the perfect hostess,'' even to her servants, ... It is almost a perfect being that Mrs. Dalloway enjoys, but there is a ...
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Guardian Unlimited | Archive Search
Nicholas Wroe interviews Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hours which was inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway.
www.guardian.co.uk/ Archive/ Article/ 0,4273,3929771,00.html

Literary Encyclopedia: Mrs Dalloway
Mrs Dalloway was written between 1922 and 1924 and was published in May 1925. It is a classic of English modernist fiction, one of the most enduringly ...
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Mrs. Dalloway
Woolf's working title for Mrs. Dalloway was The Hours. Michael Cunningham's novel of that title is a modern adaptation of Mrs. Dalloway, a fascinating read ...
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'Mrs' Dalloway': portrait of the artist as a middle-aged woman ...
Mrs Dalloway: portrait of the artist as a middle-aged woman - novel by Virginia Woolf from Twentieth Century Literature in Arts provided free by Find ...
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Mrs Dalloway Summary and Analysis
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Book Haven: Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
Written in 1925, Mrs Dalloway is largely about one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, as she plans for her party that night. We also learn about the last ...
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About the author (1996)

Virginia Woolf was born in London, the daughter of the prominent literary critic Leslie Stephen. She never received a formal university education; her early education was obtained at home through her parents and governesses. After death of her father in 1904, her family moved to Bloomsbury, where they formed the nucleus of the Bloomsbury Group, a circle of philosophers, writers and artists. As a writer, Woolf was a great experimenter. She scorned the traditional narrative form and turned to expressionism as a means of telling her story. Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To The Lighthouse (1927), her two generally acknowledged masterpieces, are stream-of-consciousness novels in which most of the action and conflict occur beneath a surface of social decorum. Mrs. Dalloway, set in London shortly after the end of World War I, takes place on a summer's day of no particular significance, except that intense emotion, insanity, and death intrude.To the Lighthouse's long first and third sections, each of which concerns one day 10 years apart, of the same family's summer holidays, are separated and connected by a lyrical short section during which the war occurs, several members of the family die, and decay and corruption run rampant. Orlando (1928) is the chronological life story of a person who begins as an Elizabethan gentleman and ends as a lady of the twentieth century; Woolf's friend, Victoria Sackville-West, served as the principal model for the multiple personalities. (The book was made into a movie in 1993.) Flush (1933) is a dog's soliloquy that, by indirection, recounts the love story of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and their elopement and life in Florence. Her last short novel, Between the Acts (1941), was left without her final revision, but it is, nonetheless, a major representation of a society on the verge of collapse. Having had periods of depression throughout her life and fearing a final mental breakdown from which she might not recover, Woolf drowned herself in 1941. Her husband published part of her farewell letter to deny that she had taken her life because she could not face the terrible times of war. Leonard Woolf also edited A Writer's Diary (1953), which provides valuable insights into his wife's private thoughts and literary development. Equally informative are his own autobiographies, particularly Beginning Again and Downhill All the Way (1967), and The Letters of Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey . Virginia Woolf's Granite and Rainbow contains 27 essays on the art of fiction and biography. There are many sidelights on Woolf in the writings, letters, and biographies of other members of her Bloomsbury circle, such as Roger Fry, John Maynard Keynes (see Vol. 3), and Lytton Strachey (see Vol. 3). Also casting much light on her life, thought, and creative processes are The Common Reader (1925), The Second Common Reader (1933), A Room of One's Own (1929), Three Guineas (1938), The Captain's Death Bed and Other Essays, The Death of the Moth and Other Essays (1942), and various collections of her autobiographical writings, diaries, and letters. In addition, in recent years there has been a veritable industry of writers dealing with Woolf and her work.

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