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Kew Gardens
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
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Publication Information:
London : Hogarth Press, 1999.

Physical Description:
24 unnumbered leaves : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"The edition re-issued here in facsimile was first published in 1927"--T.p. verso.
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FICTION Adult Fiction Central Library

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In 1927, at the Hogarth Press, Virginia Woolf produced and published a limited edition, with a jacket design and decorative illustrations by her sister Vanesa Bell, of what was to become one of her best-loved stories. Seventy-two years later The Hogarth Press at Chatto & Windus is proud to publish a beautiful facsimile edition of that much sought-after edition of Kew Gardens. The lush and haunting story circles round Kew Gardens, one hot day in July, as various odd and interesting couples walk by and talk, exchanging words but letting thoughts and memories float languorously above the gloosy leaves and exotic flowers, while at their feet a determined snail makes its slow way across a mountainous flowerbed. Gorgeously produced, a precise replica of that 1927 special edition, with Vanessa Bell's jacket and drawings round each page of text, this is a rare treat for aficionados of Bloomsbury and for those who love beautiful books.

Author Notes

Virginia Woolf was born in London, England on January 25, 1882. She was the daughter of the prominent literary critic Leslie Stephen. 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.

During her lifetime, she wrote both fiction and non-fiction works. Her novels included Jacob's Room, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, and Between the Acts. Her non-fiction books included The Common Reader, A Room of One's Own, Three Guineas, The Captain's Death Bed and Other Essays, and The Death of the Moth and Other Essays. Having had periods of depression throughout her life and fearing a final mental breakdown from which she might not recover, Woolf drowned herself on March 28, 1941 at the age of 59. 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.

(Bowker Author Biography)