Selected Essays, by Virginia Woolf

A classic selection of non-fiction by Woolf, in four sections: writing about literature, writing about life and death, writing about women, and observational pieces. It’s all very good, and each section has a standout piece. “Character in Fiction” has a very entertaining passage comparing British, French and Russian writers. Her obituary of her father is moving and lucid. Her essay on “Women and Fiction” hopes for better days to come. And the observational pieces are all great, with the best being “Street Haunting”, which converts buying a new pencil into an epiphany. All recommended.

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