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By Joan Russell Noble

A landmark learn of Virginia Woolf, now again in print

Recollections, anecdotes and first-hand impressions—including items from a number of the major lighting fixtures of the Bloomsbury Group—are gathered together in this perceptive and profound quantity. Many items have been in particular written for the unique variation of this publication, together with paintings through Duncan supply, Rebecca West, and T.S. Eliot, whereas probably its most renowned piece—by a member of her loved ones staff—movingly describes her at the day of her demise. From these kinds of memories, a composite and complicated portrait of the artist emerges, one who no fan of her writings can be with out.

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This one was quietly dressed in dark clothes, wearing a hat, and talking to a companion as she strolled round the gardens. What is more, she noticed me and spoke to me in a far more friendly and interested way than most of the grown-ups I met. She was much less like my picture of a mad genius than those intimidating Stracheys who were also to be seen in the square. Another memory which stands out in my mind dates from about 1930. Virginia and Leonard invited me to dine and go to the theatre with them.

They described the time in which Virginia Woolf lived so clearly, re-created the whole ambience of her way of life, that I became more and more convinced it was one that could never be again. She lived in a privileged society, with all its securities, its freedom from financial worries and domestic commitments, its belief that God, whether you hailed him or not, was in his heaven. And she lived in an age of leisure in which, although she did not go to school or to a university, she was able to gather an immense amount of learning.

While working with them he had acquired a keen interest in printing – an interest which he found that I shared. He promised to show my collection of poems to Leonard and Virginia and try to persuade them to take me on their list. At the same time, he told me that they were looking for a new manager, and that the job might include doing some actual printing work. Would I be prepared to be a candidate? Eagerly I said yes. The result was that a week before Christmas I had a letter from Leonard, telling me that he and Virginia liked my book of poems very much and would be glad to publish them.

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