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Becoming Virginia Woolf
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Encompassing thirty-eight handwritten volumes, Virginia Woolf's diary is her lengthiest and longest-sustained work, and last work to reach the public. In the only full-length work to explore deeply this luminous and boundary-stretching masterpiece, Barbara Lounsberry traces Woolf's development as a writer through her first twelve diaries--a fascinating experimental stage, where the earliest hints of Woolf's pioneering modernist style can be seen.

Starting with fourteen-year-old Woolf's first palm-sized leather diary, Becoming Virginia Woolf illuminates how her private and public writing was shaped by the diaries of other writers including Samuel Pepys, James Boswell, the French Goncourt brothers, Mary Coleridge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Woolf's "diary parents"--Sir Walter Scott and Fanny Burney. These key literary connections open a new and indispensable window onto the story of one of literature's most renowned modernists.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. EARLY DIARY INFLUENCES
  2. pp. 11-44
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  1. 2. THE EXPERIMENTER
  2. pp. 45-53
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  1. 3. CHOOSING THE OUTSIDER ROLE
  2. pp. 54-74
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  1. 4. Professional Writer
  2. pp. 75-80
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  1. 5. EMBRACING THE UNCONSCIOUS
  2. pp. 81-120
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  1. 6. THE PROBLEM OF DESCRIPTION
  2. pp. 121-162
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  1. 7. THE DIARY COALESCES
  2. pp. 163-224
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 225-226
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 227-240
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  1. Works Consulted
  2. pp. 241-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-257
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  1. Acknowledgements, Rights, About the Author
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