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An invaluable guide to the art and mind of Virginia Woolf drawn by her husband from the personal record she kept over a period of twenty seven years Included are entries that refer to her own writing others that are clearly writing exercises accounts of people and scenes relevant to the raw material of her work and comments on books she was reading Edited and with a Preface by Leonard Woolf Indices


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    These diary entries brim over with life with hunger with a passion that cannot be contained with the conflicted need to absorb it all the lonely walks in the Sussex countryside the visual and sonorous chaos of life in the city of incessant travel mental and otherwise the unstoppable flow of time the transience of things the galloping rhythm of emotions sensations and the simultaneity of memory past and present in one’s conscience the tedium of discussions and routine the truth about daily life without embellishment Virginia sat at her desk and wanted to condense it all into poetry and leave out whatever that was superfluous She never rested She pushed herself to the limit squeezed out her mind and existed fully only when she was writing Writing as a means of being She became inebriated by the exuberance of words and was carried away by the enthusiasm of getting closer to the voice that would finally give a physical shape to her dispersed hyperactive senses Working soothed and provided purpose to an otherwise futile reality it gave her a reason to beBut when the last page was done revised rewritten and typed out almost manically the vertigo of impending emptiness oppressed her and incessant self doubt erased all sense of wholeness or achievementThe vain arrogant scathing writer became a vulnerable woman conflicted about her own expectations and with an almost obsessive need for validation The constant search for meaning made her restless abstracted and prone to introspection She devoured books compulsively classics and contemporary literature and had no trouble scoffing the likes of Joyce Hardy or Bernard Shaw but she wasn’t harsher with any other author than she was with herself She kept track of her book sales she was easily humiliated by negative reviews and dreaded the reactions of her close friends in the Bloomsbury group The vulnerability shown in these diaries bespeaks of a woman aware of her writing prowess but also mindful of her limitations something one might not expect to see in the diaries of her male contemporariesAs years pass and the entries get closer to the onset of WWII the collapse of Woolf’s world seems to match her increasing mental frailty The constant fear of imminent bombings during the Blitz overpowers her creativity Her writing becomes rushed and it loses the quality of a safe haven Woolf’s hunger to seize meaning through writing wanes and a lulling indifference takes hold of her former urgencyWhere to draw the line between the woman and the writer? Between imposed circumstance and deliberate choice? Maybe one wouldn’t exist without the other Some might think Leonard Woolf’s selection of diary entries show a fragmented account of Virginia’s intimate thoughts but for this reader they are than a censured portrait of an artist They present a fair testimony to the great joys and uncertainties of being a writer of surrendering to an unknown vision and committing one’s life to seize it without compromising the fleeting quality of its beauty