Tôt le matin, tard le soir, Clarissa Dalloway se surprend à écouter le clocher de Big Ben. Entre les deux carillons, une journée de printemps, une promenade en ville, le flux des états d'âme et le long monologue d'une conscience.
Clarissa tente de « sauver cette partie de la vie, la seule précieuse, ce centre, ce ravissement, que les hommes laissent échapper, cette joie prodigieuse qui pourrait être nôtre ». Et pourtant résonne déjà dans ce livre, le plus transparent peut-être de l'oeuvre de Virginia Woolf, comme la fêlure de l'angoisse ou le vertige du suicide.
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''The flower bloomed and faded. The sun rose and sank. The lover loved and went. And what the poets said in rhyme, the young translated into practice.'' Written for her lover Vita Sackville-West, ''Orlando'' is Woolf''s playfully subversive take on a biography, here tracing the fantastical life of Orlando. As the novel spans centuries and continents, gender and identity, we follow Orlando''s adventures in love - from being a lord in the Elizabethan court to a lady in 1920s London.
First published in 1928, this tale of unrivalled imagination and wit quickly became the most famous work of women''s fiction. Sexuality, destiny, independence and desire - all come to the fore in this highly influential novel that heralded a new era in women''s writing.
Virginia Woolf La Promenade au phare Fera-t-il beau demain pour la promenade au phare ? Cette question plane sur la famille réunie un soir de mi-septembre dans la grande maison de vacances des îles Hébrides.
Tout au long du livre s'insinue la pulsation de la mer. L'eau entrave les pensées. La vie se déverse et la mort surprend. Les années passent. La maison est abandonnée. Demeurent les petits miracles quotidiens, ces « allumettes inopinément frottées dans le noir ». Ce sont eux qui donnent un sens aux choses, un mouvement à la vie.
Le chef d'oeuvre de Virginia Woolf ? Sûrement son récit le plus étrange, le plus délicat, le plus hanté pas la mort, comme une absence qui obsède.
Qui est Jacob ? L'enfant qui, un jour, ramasse un crâne de mouton séché par le vent le long des rochers, l'étudiant nonchalant de Cambridge ou bien l'helléniste à la recherche de la sagesse ?...
Tout converge vers la disparition de Jacob. Dès les premières pages, on devine en sourdine le leitmotiv de la mort. Une tristesse confuse, irraisonnée, se glisse sous les pas du jeune homme. Et pourtant il ne se passe presque jamais rien. Quelques images d'un adolescent qui collectionne les papillons, parcours au galop les plaines de l'Essex, se baigne nu dans la rivière, lit Spinoza et Dickens, part en Grèce, fume la pipe et séduit les femmes et les jeunes filles. Bref, le portrait d'un être insouciant et cependant menacé.
Jacob ne reviendra pas de la guerre. Là est le véritable dénouement à peine suggéré. Jacob insaisissable nous échappe à jamais.
The Waves is an astonishingly beautiful and poetic novel. It begins with six children playing in a garden by the sea and follows their lives as they grow up and experience friendship, love and grief at the death of their beloved friend Percival. Regarded by many as her greatest work, The Waves is also seen as Virginia Woolf's response to the loss of her brother Thoby, who died when he was twenty-six.
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Mr and Mrs Ramsay and their eight children have always holidayed at their summer house in Skye, surrounded by family friends. The novel's opening section teems with the noise, complications, bruised emotions, joys and quiet tragedies of everyday family life that might go on forever. But time passes, bringing with it war and death, and the summer home stands empty until one day, many years later, when the family return to make the long-postponed visit to the lighthouse.
One of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century, To the Lighthouse is at once an intensely autobiographical and universally moving masterpiece.
Based on lectures given at Cambridge colleges and first published by the Hogarth Press in 1929, A Room of One''s Own is an extended essay about the predicament of female writers and a stirring call for autonomy and recognition. As well as settling scores with reactionary critics and laying the foundations of a history of women''s literature, the text is also a triumph of imagination, with a celebrated passage envisaging the fate of a fictional sister of Shakespeare''s.
A seminal, widely studied feminist polemic that touches on both literature and politics, A Room of One''s Own is essential reading for those wishing to understand the progress that has been made in women''s rights and the struggles that still lie ahead.>
As Katherine Hilbery is helping her mother write the biography of her grandfather, a famous man of letters buried in Poets'' Corner, she becomes engaged to William Rodney, a budding writer with an exaggerated opinion of his own poetical talent. Meanwhile, the suffragette Mary Datchet is in love with Ralph Denham, a lawyer and journalist from a lowly background, who in turn feels more attracted to Katherine. As the stories and the romantic interests of these four young people evolve and intertwine, a picture emerges of a society still obsessed with class and hung up on the social mores of the Victorian era.
By far the most accessible and traditional of all Virginia Woolf''s novels, Night and Day, is a powerful evocation of a fast-changing world and, though conventional in style, addresses many of the author''s recurring preoccupations, such as the role of women in society and the difficulties in reconciling love and marriage.>
Outwardly a novel about life in a country-house in whose grounds there is to be a pageant, Between the Acts is also a striking evocation of English experience in the months leading up to the Second World War. Through dialogue, humour and the passionate musings of the characters, Virginia Woolf explores how a community is formed (and scattered) over time. The pageant , a series of scenes from English history, and the private dramas that go on between the acts, are closely interlinked. Through the figure of Miss La Trobe, and author of the pageant, Virginia Woolf questions imperialist assumptions and, at the same time, re-creates the elusive role of the artist.
Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online.br>br>Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content.br>br>The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers'' story comprehension and develop vocabulary.br>Mrs Dalloway, a Level 7 Reader, is B2 in the CEFR framework. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, introducing future perfect simple, mixed conditionals, past perfect continuous, mixed conditionals, more complex passive forms and modals for deduction in the past.br>br>On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party she is giving that evening. As she walks through London, her thoughts are of the past and her choice of husband. At the same time, and also in London, Septimus Smith is being driven mad by shell shock. At the party that evening, their stories come together.br>br>Visit the Penguin Readers websitebr>Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys.>
Why should one half be free to live, while the other is doomed to watch silently from the sidelines? In this visionary collection, Virginia Woolf leads us on a transformative journey through the liberating powers of the mind. From an exploration of why women were barred from writing and under what conditions they might break free, to the solace derived from haunting London's streets, these essays and stories present Woolf at her most impassioned, rendering the pursuit of liberty one of life's most poetic adventures.
Selected from the books A Room of One's Own, The Waves and Street Haunting and Other Essays by Virginia Woolf VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.
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Love by Jeanette Winterson Home by Salman Rushdie Language by Xiaolu Guo Race by Toni Morrison
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There was a star riding through clouds one night, and I said to the star, ''Consume me'' Six friends traverse the uneven road of life together in Virginia Woolf''s most unconventional classic. Bernard, Jinny, Louis, Neville, Rhoda and Susan first meet as children by the sea, and their lives are forever changed.
A poetic novel written in a lyrical way only Woolf could master, these narrators face both triumph and tragedy that touches them all. Throughout their lives, they examine the relationship between past and present, and the meaning of life itself.
A landmark of innovative fiction and the most experimental of Virginia Woolf''s novels, The Waves is still regarded as one of the greatest works ever written in the English language.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was born in London. She became a central figure in The Bloomsbury Group, an informal collective of British writers, artists and thinkers. In 1912 Virginia married Leonard Woolf, a writer and social reformer. She wrote many works of literature which are now considered masterpieces, including Mrs Dalloway , To the Lighthouse , Orlando , and The Waves .>
WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY SUSAN HILL AND STEVEN CONNOR The Years follows the lives of the Pargiters, a large middle-class London family, from an uncertain spring in 1880 to a party on a summer evening in the 1930s. We see them each endure and remember heart-break, loss, radical change and stifling conformity, marriage and regret. Written in 1937, this was the most popular of Virginia Woolf's novels during her lifetime, and is a powerful indictment of 'Victorianism' and its values.
Ce recueil de trois nouvelles (Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street, Eveline, et Bliss) rend accessibles des auteurs jugés difficiles à lire, respectivement : Virginia Woolf, James Joyce et Katherine Mansfield. Parfaitement contemporains, ils représentent le courant moderniste du début du XXème siècle qui, dans le domaine de la littérature, met l'accent sur le flux de la conscience sous la forme du monologue intérieur. Ce sont ici divagations de l'esprit - et de l'âme - qui pourraient se lire au hasard, d'une nouvelle à l'autre : une déambulation dans Londres, un bonheur extatique, la force du souvenir sont autant de déclencheurs de la pensée, jusqu'à « l'épiphanie », ce moment de révélation, de compréhension, où la conscience et la réalité se rejoignent. Choix des textes, traductions et notes par Jean-Claude Burgué.
''I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone. I just miss you...'' At a dinner party in 1922, Virginia Woolf met the renowned author, aristocrat - and sapphist - Vita Sackville-West. Virginia wrote in her diary that she didn''t think much of Vita''s conversation, but she did think very highly of her legs. It was to be the start of almost twenty years of flirtation, friendship, and literary collaboration. Their correspondence ended only with Virginia''s tragic death in 1941. Intimate and playful, these selected letters and diary entries allow us to hear these women''s constantly changing feelings for each other in their own words. Eavesdrop on the affair that inspired Virginia to write her most fantastical novel, Orlando , and glimpse into their extraordinary lives: from Vita''s travels across the globe, to Virginia''s parties with the Bloomsbury set; from their shared love of dogs and nature, to their grief at the beginning of the Second World War. Discover a relationship that - even a hundred years later - feels radical and relatable. WITH AN ORIGINAL INTRODUCTION FROM ALISON BECHDEL, AUTHOR OF FUN HOME AND CREATOR OF THE BECHDEL TEST.