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The Common Reader: First Series

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The Common Reader: First Series, Virginia Woolf. The Hogarth Press; Clarke, Irwin & Company, Uniform Edition. Eighth impression, 1951. 

Vintage hardcover with dust jacket, unclipped. Jacket: Very good condition. Jacket has small light mark on cover near spine; some fading to spine. Has some light pencil markings on back cover- dates written next to other publications. Some light wear to edges. Book: very good condition. Previous owner's name on first free endpaper. Two light red marks on table of contents page. Green boards are excellent, binding is tight. No other markings inside. Overall very good condition.  

"Woolf's first and most popular volume of essays. This collection has more than twenty-five selections, including such important statements as "Modern Fiction" and "The Modern Essay."" (Goodreads).

Virginia Woolf is considered one of the most significant 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.