Published years after her death, Moments of Being is Virginia Woolf’s only autobiographical writing, considered by many to be her most important book.
A collection of five memoir pieces written for different audiences spanning almost four decades, Moments of Being reveals the remarkable unity of Virginia Woolf’s art, thought, and sensibility. “Reminiscences,” written during her apprenticeship period, exposes the childhood shared by Woolf and her sister, Vanessa, while “A sketch of the Past” illuminates the relationship with her father, Leslie Stephens, who played a crucial role in her development as an individual a writer. Of the final three pieces, composed for the Memoir Club, which required absolute candor of its members, two show Woolf at the threshold of artistic maturity and one shows a confident writer poking fun at her own foibles.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)|
About the Author
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.
Date of Birth:January 25, 1882
Date of Death:March 28, 1941
Place of Birth:London
Place of Death:Sussex, England
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A collection of Virginia Woolf's autobiographical writings, most of them never published in her lifetime. There are three short and very funny sketches on her family, Bloomsbury and her aristocratic connections(where she confesses her embarrassment at trying on suspenders in shops), but the main bulk are two attempts at narrating her childhood and the death of her mother and her elder half-sister Stella. The earlier one is rather stilted but the later one, 'A Sketch of the Past' is an outstanding and very original autobiography. It shifts between the present and the past with ease, and is full of delicately observed detail and restrained, unmelodramatic analysis of a series of rather traumatic events.
This book is a second edition, which provides additional enlightening material, adding to Virginia Woolf's life story. This edited version by Jeanne Schulkind, works it all together, beautifully. Editor's Notes appear at the beginning of this book, which explains the reasoning for this new information to be added. To quote in part: [The new information] ...was not taken without the most careful consideration. The undeniable interest and value of these memoirs, however, left those involved in the decision with no doubts. As most readers of Virginia Woolf know, she was one of the most progressive thinkers and writers of her time. And in my estimation, she is timeless. Getting to know just who this woman was, it is not an easy task. I have personally read many of her books, and books by others, describing what this woman was about. How does she captivate and hold her readers, still, today? She was most definitely a woman of mystery, but said so much about herself, within all of her writings, you just have to feel the words, and allow yourself to see her shining through. This wonderful memoir will give you those beginning insights she wanted to share with us, and is still sharing with her readers today. I enjoyed reading her candid words, about her childhood, parents, syblings, friends, writing, and a life which was full to overflowing in her pages of story telling over the years. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, and still do. I will continue to read and quote her lyrical words. Kathy S.