Set on a hot London day in June 1923, Mrs Dalloway explores both the raw hold of the past and the brighter potential of the future. Clarissa Dalloway is the wife of an MP and an assured socialite, yet as she prepares for her party the links between her and the shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith become ever more apparent. Mrs Dalloway is a book that is both highly experimental and deeply involving, deftly impressionistic yet firmly embedded in the crowded world of London. This new edition based on original research offers fresh insights into the context and meanings of one of Woolf's most popular and enduring works.
Modern fictionNew edition of the classic Woolf novel that examines the very nature of sexuality. With introductions by Peter Ackroyd and Margaret Reynolds. 'Orlando is the wittiest little book, a pleasure: it makes me laugh every time I read it' Doris Lessing
«Ce qui captive l'imagination de Virginia Woolf n'est pas tant de dire avec exactitude ce qu'elle veut dire, communiquer ou représenter, que de trouver une forme et une langue capable de donner abri à son savoir d'artiste. Forme et langue sont pour elle à réinventer continuellement : et c'est de là où règne pour chacun, dans la langue, une jouissance inarticulée que Virginia Woolf nous invite à la joie de la lecture.» Huit nouvelles d'une grande diversité pour découvrir l'oeuvre de l'un des plus importants écrivains anglais du XXe siècle.
Ce nouveau titre de la collection Histoires faciles à lire en anglais rassemble des nouvelles de l'auteure britannique Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), figure de proue de la littérature moderniste du XXe siècle. Cette collection présente en page de droite, les textes littéraires, et face au texte en page de gauche, l'essentiel du vocabulaire difficile traduit pour mieux comprendre l'histoire et faciliter la lecture. Chaque histoire est accompagnée d'un court appareil pédagogique, à utiliser en classe ou seul(e) pour vérifier sa compréhension du texte et s'entraîner à l'expression.
«The sun had not yet risen. The sea was indistinguishable from the sky, except that the sea was slightly creased as if a cloth had wrinkles in it. Gradually as the sky whitened a dark line lay on the horizon dividing the sea from the sky and the grey cloth became barred with thick strokes moving, one after another, beneath the surface, following each other, pursuing each other, perpetually...» The Waves, first published in 1931, is Virginia Woolf's most experimental novel. It consists of soliloquies spoken by the book's six characters: Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny, and Louis. Also important is Percival, the seventh character, though readers never hear him speak in his own voice. The soliloquies that span the characters' lives are broken up by nine brief third-person interludes detailing a coastal scene at varying stages in a day from sunrise to sunset.
As the six characters or "voices" speak Woolf explores concepts of individuality, self and community. Each character is distinct, yet together they compose a gestalt about a silent central consciousness.
'Things are not simple but complex. If he bit Mr. Browning he bit her too. Hatred is not hatred; hatred is also love.' Virginia Woolf's delightful biography of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spaniel, which asks what it means to be human - and to be dog. One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.
A Room of One's Own , based on a lecture given at Girton College, Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics, ranging in its themes from Jane Austen and Carlotte Bronte to the silent fate of Shakespeare's gifted (imaginary) sister and the effects of poverty and sexual constraint on female creativity. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is regarded as a major 20th century author and essayist, a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist, and the centre of 'The Bloomsbury Group'. This informal collective of artists and writers which included Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, exerted a powerful influence over early twentieth-century British culture. Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to the poetic and highly experimental novel The Waves (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography, including the playfully subversive Orlando (1928) and A Room of One's Own (1929) a passionate feminist essay. If you enjoyed A Room of One's Own , you might like Woolf's Orlando , also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Probably the most influential piece of non-fictional writing by a woman in this century' Hermione Lee, Financial Times
JACOB''S ROOM, Virginia Woolf''s third novel, marks her first foray into Modernist experimentation. The narrative traces Jacob''s childhood in Cornwall and his education at Cambridge, culminating in an evocative portrait of his adult life in London and abroad. Jacob is romantically torn between the artistic Florinda, the upper-middle-class Clara Durrant and the beautiful, but married, Sandra Wentworth Williams. This tissue of romance, though, is torn apart by the cataclysmic events of the First World War.
Woolf poignantly depicts the life of Jacob through a sequence of alternating perspectives that combine letters, fragments of dialogue and the ephemeral impressions of those nearest to him. Jacob''s voice becomes the absent centre of one of Modernism''s first great novels.
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The young Rachel Vinrance leaves England on her father''s ship, the Euphrosyne, on a voyage to South America. Despite being accompanied by her father and her aunt and uncle, Helen and Ridley Ambrose, the passage leads to Rachel''s awakening, both as a woman and as an individual. As the ship is wracked by storms, she finds herself romantically entangled with Richard Dalloway, an encounter that leaves her troubled and confused.
Upon arrival in Santa Marina, Rachel strikes off alone to contemplate her identity, and finds finds herself with the aspiring novelist Terence Hewet. As the emerging romance between the two is complicated by their disagreements about gender and art, another storm, and tragedy, appear on the horizon.