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Carlyle's house and other sketches
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
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Publication Information:
London : Hesperus, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxix, 52 pages ; 20 cm.
Carlyle's house -- Miss Reeves -- Cambridge -- Hampstead -- A modern salon -- Jews -- Divorce courts.
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This title is considered to be a lost work by Virginia Woolf.

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)

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Booklist Review

Our fascination with Virginia Woolf flows unabated. Michael Cunningham's homage, The Hours (1998), was turned into a major motion picture. A trenchant yet forgotten work of Woolf's, On Being Ill BKL O 15 02, was rediscovered and handsomely republished, and now a lost notebook has miraculously resurfaced. It was written in 1909 when the 27-year-old budding writer, still named Virginia Stephen, was thoroughly frustrated by her unmarried state. In a series of angry sketches, each ably analyzed by Oxford fellow Bradshaw, Woolf is edgy and judgmental as she recounts her visits to the homes of the Carlyles and Darwins, limns a cutting little portrait of Lady Ottoline Morrell, and pens a harshly anti-Semitic account of one Mrs. Loeb. As Doris Lessing writes in her brilliant foreword, Woolf was as malicious as she was creative, and the astonishing power of her work is rooted in her complexity as well as in her mission to make her novels nets to catch what she saw as the subtler truth about life. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Doris Lessing
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xiii
Note on the Textp. xxvii
Acknowledgementsp. xxix
Carlyle's House and Other Sketchesp. 1
Carlyle's Housep. 3
Miss Reevesp. 5
Cambridgep. 6
Hampsteadp. 10
A Modern Salonp. 12
Jewsp. 14
Divorce Courtsp. 16
Notesp. 19
Commentaryp. 25
Biographical notep. 51