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The Common Reader: Second Series

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The Common Reader: Second Series, Virginia Woolf. The Hogarth Press; Clarke, Irwin & Company, Uniform Edition. Sixth impression, 1953. 

Vintage hardcover with dust jacket, unclipped. Jacket: near fine. Some light fading to jacket spine, some wear to edges of jacket spine. Book: very good. Previous owner's name and inscription on first free endpaper. Small pen ink marks next to some of the titles on the table of contents only. Green boards are excellent, binding tight. No other markings inside. Overall very good condition. 

"Here, in twenty-six essays, Woolf writes of English literature in its various forms, including the poetry of Donne; the novels of Defoe, Sterne, Meredith, and Hardy; Lord Chesterfield’s letters and De Quincey’s autobiography. She writes, too, about the life and art of women." (Goodreads). 

Virginia Woolf is one of the most important modernist writers of 20th century literature. In addition to 9 novels, she wrote prolifically on artistic theory, literary criticism, feminism and women’s writing. She wrote short fiction, biographical work, and numerous published letters. She played a central role in the Bloomsbury Group, and was one of the first to use the ‘stream of consciousness’ narrative device. Her intense intimate relationship with Vita Sackville-West was thoroughly documented in their letters and diaries, and she is widely considered a queer literary icon.