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The Letters of Virginia Woolf: 1888-1912 (Virginia Stephen)
The Letters of Virginia Woolf: 1888-1912 (Virginia Stephen) | Virginia Woolf
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The unabridged texts of virtually all of the English novelist's extant correspondence, recording her personality, activities, relationships, spells of madness, and growth as a writer, from the age of six to shortly before her death
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Part of my used bookstore haul... A complete set of the Hogarth Press edition of Woolf's letters. 😍

Leftcoastzen Wow! That is an impressive find!❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
cathysaid All kinds of jealous over here! 6mo
Blaire Wow!! Great find and love the covers. 6mo
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kspenmoll OMG! Your finds always amaze me! 6mo
kathedron Oh, I say! 😍 6mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen @cathysaid @kspenmoll @kathedron I might have squealed when I saw them! 😀 6mo
merelybookish @Blaire I know! They are by Woolf's grandniece, Vanessa's daughter Anjelica Garnett 6mo
Blaire @merelybookish omg. That makes them even more wonderful! 💕 6mo
saresmoore Neat! 6mo
batsy Score! What an amazing find 😍😍 6mo
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It's taken more than a month, but I finally finished the first volume of Woolf's letters. These years include the deaths of her father and brother, the formation of the Bloomsbury set, and the beginning of her writing career. It ends the day before she married Leonard Woolf in August 1912 at the age of 30.
Her tone matured a lot over the years. I enjoyed reading about her hopes and struggles with writing. Time for a novel!
#myyearofreadingwoolf

merelybookish Yesterday marked the 78th anniversary of Woolf's death. 10mo
batsy Yesterday someone on Instagram posted the final letter she wrote Leonard... 💔💔 10mo
merelybookish @batsy I should see if I can find that. I just read all the letters where she tells her friends she's marrying a Jew but he's really nice. 😒 10mo
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batsy Crikey, and then of course there's that side of her 🤢 10mo
merelybookish @batsy She was ahead of her time. And, she was a product of her time. (Some of her comments about the lower classes are hard to take too.) 10mo
batsy Yes! And her entire Bloomsbury crew were similarly progressive and reactionary in that way. 10mo
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Virgina Woolf's older brother Thoby died of typhoid fever on November 20th. For the next month, Woolf wrote letters to her friend Violet Dickinson, who was also sick with typhoid, never letting on Thoby had died. She would describe his meals, moods, visitors, and his general improvement. This letter on December 17th, discusses Thoby's convalescence.
Violet eventually learned of Thoby's death from a newspaper article.

robinb That‘s amazing. 💕 10mo
wordzie 😎❤ 10mo
LeahBergen This has always made me all 😭😭😭 10mo
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merelybookish @robinb I found it really fascinating. I understand why she did it but it seems so weird, too. 10mo
merelybookish @wordzie 😎 indeed! 10mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen I know! There's nothing in the letters to indicate the grief she must have been feeling. She lost so many close family members by the time she was 25. Instead she writes about how happy Vanessa is (who got engaged to Clive Bell just after Thoby died) and how well Thoby is doing. 10mo
robinb @merelybookish One can only imagine how many tears she shed while trying to encourage and bolster her friend. 😔 10mo
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I finished Volume 1 of Woolf's diaries, so now on to her letters. (I should have done it the other way round as VW was an avid letter writer long before she was a dedicated diarist.)
I'm enjoying spending time each day amid her private thoughts and confidences.
Intro by Nigel Nicholson, Vita Sackville-West's son. He writes, "Woolf was not interested in the weird, but in the mystery of the normal." ?

Leftcoastzen Nigel nailed it! 12mo
sarahbarnes ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen Yes, that line is excellent! But he also downplays the sexual assault she experienced. He suggests she was overly sensitive and misunderstood her half-brothers' affections. 🙄 12mo
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rohit-sawant Really looking forward to read her works. I recently bought To the Lighthouse and hoping to start with it soon. 12mo
merelybookish @rohit-sawant I read that as an undergrad (many moons ago!) but plan to revisit it this. I remember it seemed unlike anything I'd ever read before, in a good way. 12mo
Booksnchill Should check out Adam Nicolson‘s Sissinghurst: An Unfinished Legacy as a Woolf adjacent read (or as I did it audiobook). Love Woolf💖 12mo
Leftcoastzen @merelybookish yes , I remember that !Men, get it /don‘t get it. 12mo
merelybookish @Booksnchill I actually read that recently! It made me interested in reading some of Vita Sackville-West's fiction. 12mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen Indeed! 😒 12mo
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merelybookish
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Today's #bookmail. 🎉🎉 Things are getting serious!
#virginiaandme #myyearofreadingwoolf

Leftcoastzen 👏😁😁😁😁😁😁❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
BarbaraBB There you go! 💕 13mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 13mo
youneverarrived 😍 13mo
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I have been searching for the letters of Virginia Woolf for AGES. Unfortunately, I'm still missing volume 4, but thanks to the amazing Bryn Mawr Bookstore for helping me find the rest!

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