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Virginia Woolf: Essays on the Self

Classic Collection 2

By (author) Virginia Woolf
Edited by Joanna Kavenna
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Notting Hill Editions, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Nov 2014
Dimensions: w 121mm h 184mm d 13mm
Weight: 226g
ISBN-10: 1907903925
ISBN-13: 9781907903922
Barcode No: 9781907903922
Woolf's fine character studies of several authors, among them Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who 'seems not a man, but a swarm, a cloud, a buzz of words, darting this way and that, clustering, quivering and hanging suspended'. He is, Woolf adds,so complex, so eccentric, that we 'become dazed in the labyrinth of what we call Coleridge'. He was incapable of adopting requisite social modes, of suppressing his obsessive urge to talk, of pandering to the expectations of others. Woolf tries to capture a 'clear picture' of Coleridge but this metaphor is skewed and what she really reveals is a voice - mad and beautiful - never to be heard again:

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"The book explores the idea of the self in a very thought-provoking way and is a real treat for Woolf fans who like to analyze the more complex themes and ideas in her works." --Virginia Woolf Blog "Underpinning all of the essays is the question of what it means to have a sense of self. A question that, in the age of the selfie, seems utterly topical." --Julia Bell, Writers' Hub, University College London

"The essays...are sublime moments in intellectual history, while also being entertaining and accessible." --Shiny New Books