© 1991

Virginia Woolf

A Literary Life

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Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. John Mepham
    Pages 13-29
  3. John Mepham
    Pages 30-46
  4. John Mepham
    Pages 47-62
  5. John Mepham
    Pages 63-90
  6. John Mepham
    Pages 91-118
  7. John Mepham
    Pages 145-172
  8. John Mepham
    Pages 173-190
  9. John Mepham
    Pages 191-204
  10. John Mepham
    Pages 205-207
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 208-222

About this book


In Virginia Woolf's life, writing was the activity that mattered more than anything else: she would not have survived without it. She was her own publisher and had an unusual degree of control over her own work. This enabled her to pursue a career of extraordinary experimentation and inventiveness. It has never been sufficiently stressed that every one of her books was quite different in technique from every other. John Mepham argues that she never settled on one way of writing because she never settled on one view of life. Her purposes as a writer constantly changed. Mepham tells the story of her career as a series of choices and experiments, always grounded in specific historical contexts.


fiction novel Virginia Woolf

Bibliographic information


'Mepham has produced a book likely to help any reader towards a more perceptive and rewarding reading of Woolf' - Bernard Harrison, Times Literary Supplement

'...highly informative and insightful...' - Jeanne Dubino, Virginia Woolf Miscellany