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A Room of One's Own
A Room of One's Own
Author: Virginia Woolf
In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister: a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different.This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. But if only she had found the means to create, urges Woolf, she wo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780156787321
ISBN-10: 0156787326
Publication Date: 9/1979
Pages: 117
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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"Mrs. Woolf speaks for her sex with as much fancy as logic, as much wit as knoweldge, and with imagination of a true novelist"- The New York Times
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I've actually read this book for a "Women in Literature" class where all the other books were somewhat centralized around this one. We discussed the writing itself as a steady stream of consciousness instead of an organized, categorized, edited essay or novel. What will grab the reader's attention are the many heartpounding quotes and "Shakespeare's Sister!"
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I don't really know how much of the sense of the writing I actually paid attention to because I got lost in the words. Woolf's style is so lyrical and the words just flow right off the page, that I found myself in awe of them so often. A very beautiful book.
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"Its quiet, demure laughter is what one remembers with special delight. 'A Room of One's Own' offers us, among other good things, a meditation, delicately whimsical and deeply true, on the writer-temperment, that inner drive to create in wordds, that is continually seeking expression, that is continually being frustrated, or partly frustrated, so that it rarely reaches the state of 'incandescence' in which creative activity is unhindered and free."
-Yale Review
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What if Shakespeare had had a sister... This is Virginia Woolf's famous consideration of how that sister and her creativity would have been smothered by the culture and the time. Makes you wonder how many other sisters in history have been forgotten.
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The age-old glass ceiling - put in place partially by the all-consuming role of mother and caregiver and partly by jealousy of men unsure of their own abilities - is experienced by women in all professions. Woolf expounds her observations and deductions in a sometimes heavy-handed, but always clear and precise manner, speaking specifically of women writers, but the points are easily expandable to any métier. A wonderful and personally telling monograph, beautiful words and you can almost hear the reaction of the crowd gathered to hear her verbal presentation from which the book is taken. A keeper - not to be re-listed!
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I read it cover to cover...a learning experience for me on women in 1800s


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