A Moment's Liberty the Shorter Diary

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The Diary of Virginia Woolf has been acclaimed as a masterpiece. Anne Olivier Bell edited the five-volume original, and she has now abridged the Diary in this splendidly readable single volume edition. “A fine opportunity to experience Woolf’s biting wit and scathing depiction of her contemporaries” (Booklist). Introduction by Quentin Bell; Index.

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VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.

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Woolf's diaries of 1915-1941, abridged to a fifth of their original published size, include portraits of T. S. Eliot and Katherine Mansfield; comments on sales and reviews of her books; pleasant musings and acerbic remarks. According to PW , ``The diaries here may appeal to a larger audience, not least because each year represented is prefaced by a wonderfully succinct overview.'' (Publishers Weekly)

A tastefully abridged edition of the five volumes of Woolf's Diary (1977-1984). Featuring a new introduction by Woolf's nephew Quentin Bell, and edited by Quentin's wife, Anne, who edited the five-volume set, the abridgement provides an intimate record of Woolf's life from 1915 to 1941. The earliest entries focus mostly on social and domestic matters (1915: "Sunday 31 January: O dear! We quarrelled for almost all the morning! and it was a lovely morning, and now gone to Hades for ever . . .I explode; and L. smoulders"), but as the years fly by (each is introduced with a concise summary by Anne Bell), the diary opens up to comment on literature, current events, and the rigors of celebrity (1932: "Thursday 21 July: Oh but I'm so tired - I sometimes think people can't know what they do to me when they ask me to 'see' them: how they hold me in the scorching light: how I dry and shrivel. . ."). Woolf's great talent shimmers across every page here; a marvelous volume. (Kirkus Reviews)

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