"New forms for our new sensations": this is how Woolf captures or captions a question she struggles with and plays with throughout her essays', writes Rachel Bowlby, introducing this second volume of Virginia Woolf's essays and reviews.
It contains some of her finest pieces - 'Modern Fiction', 'On Being Ill', 'The Art of Biography', 'The Death of the Moth' - book reviews, journalism and reflections on such diverse topics as cinema, transport, London's docklands, royalty, war and peace. Their linking theme is modernity. For Woolf was writing in a world radically separated from the old certainties by the catastrophe of the First World War. Here she provides some brilliant and complex responses to what she called 'the crowded dance of modern life'.