Press Release: A Room of One’s Own
Illustrated by Vanessa Bell
‘A Room of One’s Own is an extraordinary, beautifully written, poetic little book.’
Arguably the most famous of Virginia Woolf ’s many celebrated works, A Room of One’s Own has never been out of print since its first publication by the Woolfs’ own Hogarth Press which celebrates its centenary this year. This new edition from The Folio Society is illustrated with evocative woodcuts by Woolf ’s sister, the artist Vanessa Bell (also a leading member of the Bloomsbury Group), and its attractive binding carries the highly distinctive cover artwork by Bell from the Hogarth Press 1929
A Room of One’s Own collates a series of lectures given by Woolf at Newnham College and Girton College and quickly became a feminist classic. While Woolf begins by discussing women and fiction, this work also deals with far broader issues of female status and independence which are still relevant today. For Woolf, ‘a room of one’s own’ develops from being an actual physical requirement for the aspiring female novelist into a metaphor for the financial autonomy necessary to make writing a viable occupation for women (and, by extension, for achieving success in other spheres).
Ranging in its themes – Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, the silent fate of Shakespeare’s gifted (imaginary) sister Judith, the effects of poverty and patriarchy on women’s lives, and why, if Tolstoy had been a woman, he would never have written War and Peace (women were far too cut off from the world) – Woolf ’s timeless masterpiece sparkles with her eloquence and passion, and her stunning imagination and wit.
Bound in cloth. Set in Baskerville. 192 pages; frontispiece and 5 black & white woodcuts. Printed endpapers. Printed slipcase. 8¾˝ x 5½˝.
UK £26.95 US $39.95 Can $53.95 Aus $53.95
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