- Title: Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life
- Author: Julia Briggs
- ISBN: 9780156032292
- Page: 195
- Format: Paperback
Virginia Woolf is one of the most influential figures in twentieth century literature She was original, passionate, vivid, dedicated to her art Yet most writing about her still revolves around her social life and the Bloomsbury set In this fresh, absorbing book, Julia Briggs puts the writing back at the center of Woolf s life, reads that life through her work, and minVirginia Woolf is one of the most influential figures in twentieth century literature She was original, passionate, vivid, dedicated to her art Yet most writing about her still revolves around her social life and the Bloomsbury set In this fresh, absorbing book, Julia Briggs puts the writing back at the center of Woolf s life, reads that life through her work, and mines the novels themselves to create a compelling new form of biography Analyzing Woolf s own commen tary on the creative process through her letters, diaries, and essays, Julia Briggs has produced a book that is a convincing, moving portrait of an artist, as well as a profound meditation on the nature of creativity.
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This book is very much a writer's look at a writer's life. Rather than being a conventional biography, going from childhood to adulthood, Briggs takes each of Woolf's major works and writes about her life at the time of writing, drawing extensively on Woolf's own letters and diaries as well as others' writing about her. In this way, we don't find out much about Woolf's childhood until near the end of the book, when Woolf herself started writing her autobiographical notes.I read this book in orde [...]
I love the idea of a biography; to glimpse into someone's life and learn who they were and what made them tick. But that can all be ruined by a boring and unengaging biographer. There were enough fascinating things in Woolf's life that I shouldn't have been fighting sleep through the whole book. *sigh* But I was. I couldn't get past Brigg's voice in my head, endlessly discussing the most inane aspects of her subject's life. Yeah, I skipped stuff when I thought I wouldn't finish the book if I kep [...]
Woolf has survived into the 21st century as a literary great, holding her place among the men of her time and still, among the writers of today.Briggs focuses more on the writing itself: the process of it, the woman who wrote it, etc a biography of her words, if you will, rather than churning out well-known biographical content and the social aspect of her life, familiar to Woolf readers.What’s interesting about this book is how the individual chapters chronologically correlate with each book [...]
Others have written excellent reviews of this book. I'll add my personal response which is 1) I liked the format of moving through Woolf's life based on the chronology of the books she was writing. 2) I have not read all of Woolf's books and this has made me want to go read more and reread others 3) Briggs' writing is, well, obscure and unnecessarily dense. For example:"Woolf heralds Orlando's sex change with a Jonsonian masque, a form in which the antimasque of vices is dismissed and a sacred f [...]
This is a wonderfully detailed companion to Woolf's work. Briggs has a way of giving historical and personal detail with an emotional and intimate voice. I re-read her chapters each time I re-read any of Virginia's texts.
I read this in a very short space of time as I was off work with migraines and thankfully still able to read. I previously knew almost nothing about Woolf aside from her suicide and had hoped for a biography in a truer sense than this which is more an attempt to set a 'lit crit' analysis in the context of the writer's life and times. It was nonetheless interesting and I both learnt a lot and came away with a lot of questions and other things I'd like to read, which I think is a sign of a valuabl [...]
Not the best choice I could've made for my first Virginia Woolf biography, but an interesting read nonetheless. The book is structured around her major works, moving through them in chronological order and exploring how each responded to its personal, political and social context. Good if you want to track the development of her style and ideas or if you're seeking insight into her creative process; not so good if you're looking for a traditional linear biography, since these back stories tend t [...]
Although the book was interesting--I mean, I do love Virginia Woolf, and I really enjoyed learning more about her, and this book did make me want to read her journals and letters more--largely it was a disappointment. The writing was shabby and lacked variety, engaged in gratuitous, not to mention elementary, word play, and the author's pounces on easy answers to question of Virginia Woolf's work (like what the significance is to the Manx cat in A Room of One's Own--really, what could lack possi [...]
This is a valuable biography exclusively on the inner life of Woolf. In particularly, this book provided the historic and contextual information around her major works, showing how the ideas were generated, the processes -- often painful and tortured -- for writing and publishing, ending with each book's reaction post publications. I have only read a few of Woolf's books, with preferences to her essays instead of her more important genre of fictions. My own lack of understanding and appreciation [...]
This book marks the reemergence of my unhealthy obsession with Virginia Woolf. I've read many Woolf bios, and so far this is the most thorough and intriguing. It organizes her life by her works---a refreshing switch from the too-common inclination to view every moment as either “lesbian," "feminist," or “crazy”---and it uses each work as a lens through which to view her social connections, her love life, the critical response to her work, her writing processes, and, yes, her mental illness [...]
This is something of a biography organized into chronological chapters around her major books. Thus, it is not so much a linear narrative of her life as a thematic biography loosely structured around each work. An appropriate companion to my current project of reading all Woolf's works in chronological order.
I found this book hard-going & had to really push myself to keep with it. Having finished it I can't honestly say that it has added anything to my understanding/insight into VW's life and writing. Colourless & lacking something (warmth? life? a beating heart?)
While Briggs isn't radically insightful, she does a beautiful job tying Woolf's biography to her work. It feels very much like a writer's biography - written about a writer, for writers - in how it illuminates her process and creative struggle. Also, the cover is flipping gorgeous.
My favourite book about my favourite writer. A mixture of biography and literary criticism. I open at any page, start reading and always enthralled.
Fantastic book, made me want to read, really read, some of Woolf's books again, with maybe more understanding now than before.
Poorly written and factually suspect. The author reaches for an erudite form but fails on the basics of biography. A terrible slog.
Excellent exploration of Woolf's work and how her life affected her work, as well as interesting look at her artistic experiments.
A very interesting and well written book. It is a great gift Virginia but she paid greatly for it, like most artist.
Fascinating, a great biography of Woolf and a breakdown of her novels. An excellent tool for research and further study of he work.
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