A Room of One's Own

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Virginia Woolf is one of the 20th century's great innovative writers. She was a member of the Bloomsbury group in pre-WW I England.

A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN is her investigation of the woman artist as a writer. Speculating on the imaginary life of Shakespeare's equally talented sister, she posits the necessity of "a room of one's own" (and a fixed income) for the writer to pursue her craft.

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Surprisingly, this long essay about society and art and sexism is one of Woolf's most accessible works. Woolf, a major modernist writer and critic, takes us on an erudite yet conversational--and completely entertaining--walk around the history of women in writing, smoothly comparing the architecture of sentences by the likes of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen, all the while lampooning the chauvinistic state of university education in the England of her day. When she concluded that to achieve their full greatness as writers women will need a solid income and a privacy, Woolf pretty much invented modern feminist criticism.

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Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread.

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