A Room of One's Own
Shakespeare Head Press Edition of Virginia Woolf 1. Aufl.
Acknowledgements viii Abbreviations ix Frontispiece: the dust-jacket for the first English edition xi Introduction xii A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN 1 Notes 83 Appendix: Textual Variants and Emendations 125
David Bradshaw is Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of Worcester College. His edited works include The Hidden Huxley (1994), A Concise Companion to Modernism (2003), The Cambridge Companion to E.M. Forster (2007), A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture (with Kevin J.H. Dettmar, 2006), Prudes on the Prowl: Fiction and Obscenity in England, 1850 to the Present Day (with Rachel Potter, 2013), and Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (2000), To the Lighthouse (2006), and The Waves (2014), as well as many other Modernist texts. He has also edited the Shakespeare Head edition of The Years (with Ian Blyth, 2012) and is Co-Executive Editor of the 42-volume The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh (with Martin Stannard, forthcoming). Stuart N. Clarke has transcribed and edited Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: The Original Holograph Draft (1993); was co-compiler with B. J. Kirkpatrick of the 4th edition of A Bibliography of Virginia Woolf (1997); and edited Translations from the Russian (2006), by Virginia Woolf and S. S. Koteliansky, and Volumes 5 and 6 of the complete Essays of Virginia Woolf (2009 and 2011). He is a founding member of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain and has edited its journal, the Virginia Woolf Bulletin, since its inception in 1999.
Widely acknowledged as a pioneering text of the women’s movement, A Room of One’s Own is one of Virginia Woolf’s most influential works. Couched in entertaining fiction, this book-length essay investigates both the patriarchal realities of the present day, and history of discrimination against women and the stifling effect of such prejudice on women’s creativity. The prescient concluding words of the dust jacket of the first British edition (which in all probability were written by the author herself) state that: “an attempt is made ... to forecast what effect comparative freedom and independence will have upon women’s artistic work in the future.” The first comprehensive and authoritative edition of this foundational text of the feminist movement, and one of the most significant works in her own canon, this timely and important new edition of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own adopts the complete text of the first British edition published in London on October 24, 1929. Additional features include a comprehensive introduction detailing the process and composition of Woolf’s original essay and the evolution of its subsequent publication history. Extensive explanatory notes add further illumination by revealing the essay’s broader political, historical, social, and literary contexts. A comprehensive appendix also highlights variations between each of the British editions that appeared in Woolf’s lifetime and the first American edition, alterations made in the first British edition from Woolf’s uncorrected proofs, and current editorial emendations incorporated in this new edition.
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