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A Room of One's Own

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A Room of One's Own
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Virginia Woolf's landmark inquiry into women's role in society

In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and 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. If only she had found the means to create, argues Woolf, she would have reached the same heights as her immortal sibling. In this classic essay, she takes on the establishment, using her gift of language to dissect the world around her and give voice to those who are without. Her message is a simple one: women must have a fixed income and a room of their own in order to have the freedom to create.



Baker & Taylor
Describes the domestic obligations, social limitations, and economic factors which impede literary creativity in women

Harcourt Publishing
Why is it that men, and not women, have always had power, wealth, and fame? Woolf cites the two keys to freedom: fixed income and one’s own room. Foreword by Mary Gordon.


Authors: Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941
Statement of Responsibility: Virginia Woolf ; foreword by Mary Gordon
Title: A room of one's own
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1981]
Characteristics: 114 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Women authors Women History Women England English fiction History and criticism Women in literature
Topical Term: Women authors
Women
Women
English fiction
Women in literature
ISBN: 0151787328
0156787334
Branch Call Number: 824 Woolf
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Feb 16, 2013
  • Gratefulee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A brilliant classic, poignantly profound and relevant for its time, while also being way ahead of its time. This timely and timeless talk turned essay, offered to women at Cambridge, by Virginia Woolf, nearly a century ago is still quite a timely testament for today's girls and women, and any caring creative human being who wishes to retain and express their heart and mind, in spite of their limit of income, time and other worldly resources. Enjoy!

Jan 30, 2012
  • rprivette rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

semi-autobiographical; historical slice of life; extended essay

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