Virginia Woolf is regarded as one of England's greatest novelists, yet while her work has been endlessly studied she remains a somewhat elusive personality and the source of continuing myth.
Including reminiscences from such luminaries as T.S. Elliot, E.M. Forster, Christopher Isherwood, Vita Sackville-West, Duncan Grant, Stephen Spender and Rebecca West, these enthralling recollections from the people who knew her intimately capture the lesser-known aspects of Virginia Woolf's nature: her rapport with children, her habit of plying people with questions, the stress she caused herself by her creative writing. Many of the pieces had never been published before this book first appeared, while others were written especially for Joan Russell Noble's fascinating and moving collection. What emerges from the Recollections of Virginia Woolf is a composite portrait of a widely admired and misunderstood writer and woman.
‘An enthralling book . . . To read this book is to get to know a wonderful human being who was also a most gifted writer.’– Cyril Connolly, Sunday Times
‘The tantalizingly brief, strongly personal recollections of a fascinating bunch of characters tell us far more than any other biography.’ – Daily Mail
‘The contributors communicate the abundance of Virginia Woolf’s affection, the special quality of her genius and her compelling, rare, elusive beauty.’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘A joy to read.’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Between the Leonard Woolf memoirs and the biography of Woolf by Quentin Bell, it should take a minor but none the less fascinating and permanent place.’ – Paul Scott, Country Life
JOAN RUSSELL NOBLE was a renowned Woolf scholar whose Recollections of Virginia Woolf by Her Contemporaries was universally acclaimed on publication. It has remained an invaluable source on the Bloomsbury Group.
|Date Published||10th September 2013|