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This is an auction for THE COMMON READER by Virginia Woolf. reviews:

"THE COMMON READER is a collection of essays by Virginia Woolf, published in two series, in 1925 and in 1932. The title indicates Woolf's intention that her essays be read by the educated but non-scholarly "common reader," who examines books for personal enjoyment. Woolf outlines her literary philosophy in the introductory essay to the first series, "The Common Reader," and in the concluding essay to the second series, "How Should One Read a Book?" The first series includes essays on Geoffrey Chaucer, Michel de Montaigne, Jane Austen, George Eliot, and Joseph Conrad, as well as discussions of the Greek language and the modern essay. The second series features essays on John Donne, Daniel Defoe, Dorothy Osborne, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Hardy, among others."

"FIVE STARS!!! Woolf tells us she is writing for the common reader, not the critic and not the scholar. She writes with a special kind of insight and artfulness. I especially liked her essay on Montaigne who she sees as one of the few writers who truly makes a portrait of himself, and writes truly of the whole of his experience. It can be said that Woolf in a way does the same with these reflections upon others which hold up a mirror to her own masterfully insightful sensibility."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was one of the major literary figures of the 20th century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her ground-breaking novels.

Two paperbacks 1984.

602 pages in the two volumes.

Very good condition.

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