- ISBN 9780500290866
- 21.50 x 13.50 cm
- With 46 illustrations
- First published 2013
‘A miracle of clarity and concision’ – Washington Post
‘‘This brief, elegant study offers the chance for greenhorns to get to know a fertile and adventurous writer in a few hours of enjoyable reading and for old hands to relish a dynamic, sympathetic portrait … Harris gives vivid, succinct accounts of the astonishingly varied novels … Harris’s lively appreciation makes you hungry to read the wilder Woolf’ – The Independent
‘Harris tells the story crisply and with personality, and the book is beautifully produced by Thames & Hudson’ – The Guardian
‘Bestselling writer Alexandra Harris brings a new richness to a familiar narrative … a masterclass in the art of slimming down scholarship without dumbing it down’ – Sussex Life
This gripping new account offers an ideal introduction to both the life and work of Virginia Woolf. It considers each of Woolf’s novels in context, traces the contentious course of her ‘afterlife’, and shows why, seventy years after her death, Virginia Woolf continues to haunt and inspire us.
Cultural historian and writer Alexandra Harris is a brilliant, original and wonderfully engaging voice whose first book, Romantic Moderns, was winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2010 and a Somerset Maugham Award. Born in Sussex in 1981, Harris was educated at the University of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute, London, and is currently Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool.