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From the lighthouse to Monk's House : a guide to Virginia Woolf's literary landscapes
Hill-Miller, Katherine.
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London : Duckworth, [2001]

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viii, 328 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes information for the traveler.
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PR6045.O72 Z693 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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There are five places which intimately link Virginia Woolf's life and work: Cornwall, London, Kent, Cambridge and Rodmell, Sussex. In visiting each of these to compare the real places with their depictions, the author was astonished by the literal accuracy of Woolf's descriptions. This previously neglected aspect of Virginia Woolf's artistry is acknowledged and investigated in some depth for the first time in this book. The works discussed are To the Lighthouse (Cornwall and St.Ives), Mrs. Dalloway (London) Orlando (Knole and Sissinghurst), A Room of One's Own (Cambridge), and Between the Acts (Monk's House, Rodmell). By visiting each of these places the author introduces the general reader to Woolf's books and themes. Those who actually travel to the locations will find this an invaluable guide that provides greater appreciation of Virginia Woolf's works, and more pleasure and information from their journey.

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Hill-Miller (C.W. Post Univ.) seeks to connect Woolf's biography and art with the significant places of her life. The introduction provides something of an intellectual grounding for the project, examining Woolf's attitudes toward place and geographies mental, emotional, and literary. Hill-Miller then looks at several well-known Woolf texts (To the Lighthouse, Mrs Dalloway, Orlando, A Room of One's Own, and Between the Acts) and their connections to specific places that had profound emotional resonance for Woolf. The author begins each chapter with biographical background (which owes a great deal to Hermione Lee's eponymous biography, 1996), then provides some analysis of the importance of the place to the work, elucidates some keys themes, and concludes with a travel guide to the place itself. The book includes information on just about any site remotely associated with Woolf and the Bloomsbury group. More rigorous studies of Woolf's relationship to place and its significance in her work have been published, particularly Susan Squier's Virginia Woolf and London (CH, Nov'85), so this book is more suitable for literary travelers than for scholars. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Comprehensive academic collections; general collections. J. M. Utell Widener University

Table of Contents

Chapter One St Ives and To the Lighthouse
Chapter Two Mrs Dalloway and the streets of London
Chapter Three Vita, Virginia, Knole and Orlando
Chapter Four Cambridge and A Room of One's Own
Chapter Five Monk's House and Between the Acts Notes Works Consulted