About this title:
Woolf described this work on the title-page of the first draft as 'the life of anybody'. "The Waves" (1931) traces the lives and interactions of seven friends in an exploratory and sensuous narrative. "The Waves" was conceived, brooded on, and written during a highly political phase in Woolf's career, when she was speaking on issues of gender and of class. This was also the period when her love affair with Vita Sackville-West was at its most intense. The work is often described as if it were the product of a secluded, disembodied sensibility. Yet its writing is supremely engaged and engaging, providing an experience which the reader is unlikely to forget.
This edition will be the most extensive and authoritative, the most fully collated, scrupulously researched and explicated text available to scholars to date, and for considerable time to come. Based on the first edition of Woolf's most challenging novel, this volume is an essential purchase for libraries and scholars.
From the Inside Flap:
Introduced by Angelica Garnett
Regarded by many as Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, this novel was written partially to exorcise her private ghosts. It traces the lives of six people who are almost imperceptibly revealed through the kaleidoscopic accumulation of their reflections on themselves and each other.
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