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  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (Feb. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840226935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840226935
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 4.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa7bcc138) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c03e58) out of 5 stars Highly Recommend: Excellent Value for the Buyer Jan. 28 2007
By J.E.Robinson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great way to read Virginia Woolf. My only complaints are that it is heavy to lift and hold and it has no analysis. However, at the low price you get most of her major novels plus two non-fiction essays in one fat book. So overall it is excellent value for the price.

I read the Voyage Out before buying the present book. That is Woolf's first novel. Then I read this collection. I skipped her second novel - which is considered to be a flop - and which is not here in the collected works. The present collection starts with her third novel. The Voyage Out was Woolf's first major work. It took years to write, and she took few chances. Her brother's company was the publisher. It has been mostly forgotten with the passage of time. From this point going forward she would spend less time on each novel and would publish through her own company, the Bloomsbury Publishing Company.

The Voyage Out is simple and straightforward work. It is over 400 pages long. After her second novel she decided to be more risky and creative, and we see that change in the works here in the collection starting with "Jacob's Room" and "To The Lighthouse," and virtually in all of her other novels that followed. Woolf is equally famous for her non-fiction polemics on the state of women in literature and two are included here.

What is interesting in the current collection is that we see the transformation in her style and her approach starting with Jacob's Room. Woolf uses the stream of consciousness technique to effectively portray the chaos and shortness of Jacob's life. Jacob becomes a soldier in WW I. One starts off with certain questions about Woolf's technique as one reads and wonders where the story is going. But at some point in the novel, the process is revealed to the reader, i.e.: from the pandemonium of Jacob's life as portrayed by Woolf through the use of the stream of consciousness technique, we eventually have clarity.

The collection contains a number of other important works including Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves, and Between the Acts. Also, it contains A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas, which are non-fiction polemics or essays. It lacks the photographs found in some copies of Three Guineas.

In addition to the present book I bought A Room of One's Own, Three Guineas ISBN-10: 0141184604 and ISBN-13: 978-0141184609 (same book) because of the excellent introduction to Virginia Woolf.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c03eac) out of 5 stars Excellent single volume of Woolf's major works July 8 2010
By Octave - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I can't add much to J.E. Robinson's helpful review above, except to mention that this item is indeed an exceptional bargain. Though in some ways you get what you pay for: the binding seems sturdy and attractive, at least as durable as the average Everyman's Library edition; but the paper is more or less mass-market paperback quality, maybe a little better; the font is attractive and readable but perhaps a point or two small to my taste. I actually didn't find the weight of the book very heavy at all, thanks to this paper-stock choice. The striking photo of her (which I prefer to Nicole Kidman's portrayal of her in the the film THE HOURS, prosthetic nose and all!) on the cover seems to be pasted on to a no-frills cloth hardcover, which is a little cheap, but no big deal of course.

Fifteen bucks is chump change for a single portable watershed collection by an essential pre-WW2 English novelist, and some of the most luminous prose in English literature of the 20th century.

I should also mention that I ordered mine when the item was "temporarily not available", and I still received it very quickly (in about a week or so), so perhaps Amazon orders these as needed from the publisher.
HASH(0xa7c0a1a4) out of 5 stars I got exactly what I ordered. June 5 2013
By Rhino - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
First off, Virginia Woolf is an amazing writer. She has a very lyrical prose, and she really gets into her character's heads. I ordered this used for three dollars, about seven with shipping and handling, and it was a great deal. I've looked around for some of her other stuff and it costs about ten dollars for just one of the stories that was in this. The product arrived when it said it would and in the exact condition I wanted. All in all a great item
HASH(0xa7c0a09c) out of 5 stars Wonderful book! July 22 2015
By Jennifer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book, I love the hard cover and the soft pages. Woolfs picture on the front though was glued on crooked.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c0a2ac) out of 5 stars Not a very attractive edition May 23 2014
By BostonProfessionalDad - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have anthologies of a number of my favorite classic authors and was pleased to find one of Virgina Woolf, including the great price. However I wasn't as excited once I saw that the paper was course and the ends are dyed a deep pink. I'm surprised it matters to me as much as it does, but it is so unattractive that it really detracts from my pleasure of ownership. I'm thinking about giving it away. I wish her estate had gone with Everyman Classics or Library of America or one of the other publishers that places more emphasis on production value.