Recollections of Virginia Woolf - Virginia WoolfPeter Owen, 1972, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little faded, scuffed on the upper panel, with a triangular tear to the head of the lower panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Portrait to the frontispiece;
From the cover: “Virginia Woolf is one of England’s greatest women novelists, yet her personality has been little discussed in print. To those who did not know her and to the generation which has grown up since her death, she has remained a source of mystery and of myth.
These recollections, anecdotes and firsthand impressions, recorded by her relatives, friends and acquaintances, dispel some of the mystery and pierce the false beliefs — some due to a misunderstanding of the Bloomsbury Group itself. Many of the pieces have not been published before, while some were written specially for this book.
It is said that once her shyness was overcome she could be an enchanting and amusing person, but that there was an element of malice in her character — that her limpid beauty concealed a demon’s tongue. Many suffered the sharp stings of her wit, provoked for the most part by a needless jealousy. Young poets and writers, for instance, were prone to such attacks. But she needed the affection of her friends and, like many people who make inordinate demands, Virginia Woolf had much to give in return.
On certain things most opinions agree. In particular, that she was a woman of unusual physical beauty. Children adored her, and she had a habit of plying people with questions, the answers to which might well appear later in her novels; her life could be seen as an extensive inquiry into personality. And her creative writing caused her considerable stress. In these pages many other details are sketched in — intimate, humorous and sad. Here for the first time the day of her death is movingly recounted by a member of her household.
From these reminiscences a composite portrait of Virginia Woolf emerges, that affords fresh insights into her complex nature. The Editor, Joan Russell Noble, has accomplished a valuable task which students and others will find amply rewarding.”