Famed for her novels, Virginia Woolf was also a perceptive and original essayist. The depth and range of her criticism are revealed in this first of two volumes of selected essays. For Virginia Woolf modern writing and feminism, the main topics of her essays, were intimately connected and she explored the literary, familial and social influences in relation to these themes. Also included in this collection are some of the many book reviews that she contributed to The Times Literary Supplement as a working journalist. Shot through with brilliance and wit these essays give an illuminating insight into the mind of one of the century's greatest novelists.
'In all her critical work there is subtle exploration, a quest for the individual quality of the work discussed, and for the phrase or image that will convey the impression it made on her.'