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The Wise Virgins (1914), Leonard Woolf’s second novel, was published two years after the author’s marriage to Virginia Stephen—and begun during their honeymoon. The autobiographical elements of the book are well documented. Its publication caused acute distress to Woolf’s family. Leonard’s sister, Bella, urged him to bury the novel, while his mother was shocked and mortified by unflattering portraits of herself and her neighbors. Two weeks after reading the novel, Virginia Woolf suffered the worst of her many breakdowns.
As a roman à clef the novel holds considerable interest for its picture of Leonard and Virginia’s courtship, as well as its sketches of Vanessa Stephen and Clive Bell. (Virginia would later retell the story, from a much different perspective, in Night and Day.) But the novel offers the contemporary reader other rewards. It remains a witty, engaging satire about English society just before World War I and its conventions and prejudices. In Harry Davis, Woolf created a memorable Jewish antihero who rails against society’s conventions but tragically finds himself unable to escape them. Award-winning biographer Victoria Glendinning contributes a foreword to this new paperback edition.
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Leonard Woolf (1880-1969) was a noted political historian, autobiographer, novelist, civil servant, and member of the Bloomsbury Group. In 1912 he married Virginia Stephen, and together the couple founded the Hogarth Press. Among his most important writings are After the Deluge (1931-51), a multivolume modern political and social history, and his five-volume autobiography (1960-69), which begins with Sowing. Victoria Glendinning is the award-winning author of Anthony Trollope and Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, both of which won the Whitbread biography award, as well as Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Sitwell, Rebecca West, Jonathan Swift, and, most recently, Leonard Woolf: A Biography.Review:
"A remarkable book."- Virginia Woolf (Virginia Woolf )
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Book Description Hardback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR003480235
Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Hardcover. Condition: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0701204621I3N00
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Book Description The Hogarth Press, London, 1979. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition Thus. Hardcover, with a new introduction by Ian Parsons, 1979, VG+ in VG+ priceclipped dustjacket. Seller Inventory # 000238
Book Description The Hogarth Press, London, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 2nd Edition. Hard Back book in original red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Book is in Near Fine condition with no marks or inscriptions in unclipped Near Fine Dust Wrapper. [xvi] 247 pages. Seller Inventory # P&L1743
Book Description The Hogarth Press Ltd, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Woolf's second and only other novel. Clean red boards with gilt to spine. No inscriptions, stamps or book plates. Internally clean and tightly bound. Originally published in 1914 and only republished by Hogarth in 1979. Dust wrapper not price clipped, creased, worn, torn or faded and protected with a clear removable cover. Seller Inventory # 020272
Book Description The Hogarth Press, London, 1979. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. New Edition. Introduction by Ian Parsons. 247 pages. Cloth boards in dust-jacket. The author's second work of fiction is a thinly disguised account of his courtship of Virginia Stephen, with particular reference to the social and cultural disparities between their respective families. It offers a portrait of Virginia Woolf when young, and of her family and friends, as well as of Leonard's own circle. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 023985
Book Description The Hogarth Press, London, 1979. Hard Cover. Condition: F. Dust Jacket Condition: F-. First Thus. F/F-. 8vo. original red boards gilt in dustwrapper (a trifle rubbed & nicked, tiny mark to spine, else clean & bright); pp. 240. A fine copy of the 1979 reissue of Woolf's second novel, with a new introduction by Ian Parsons. Seller Inventory # 021586
Book Description Hogarth Press, The, London, 1979. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition Thus. Seller Inventory # 41840
Book Description The Hogarth Press, London, 1979. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Jacket by T. Ritchie (illustrator). 1st Edition. First edition thus, first impression. First published in 1914, this is a first edition with introduction by Ian Parsons of 1979. Some edge wear and chipping to top and bottom of jacket and spine, some very slight fingerprint staining to front jacket, not price clipped (£6.50), no inscriptions, internally clean tight and square, overall a vg+ copy for its age. 247pp. The Wise Virgins is a semi autobiographical novel by the husband of Virginia Woolf, about a dilemma, whether Harry, the hero, should go into the family business and marry the suitable but dull girl next door or move in artistic circles and marry one of the entrancing 'Lawrence' girls. Seller Inventory # 004488