- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (July 26 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199536600
- ISBN-13: 978-0199536603
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 322 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Room of One's Own, and Three Guineas Paperback – Jul 26 2008
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'Together these ten volumes make an attractive and reasonably priced (the volumes vary between L3.99 and L4.99) working edition of Virginia Woolf's best-known writing. One can only hope that their success will prompt World's Classics to add her other essays to the series in due course.' Elisabeth Jay, Westminster College, Oxford, Review of English Studies, Vol. XLV, No. 178, May '94
About the Author
Morag Shiach is a Lecturer in English at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.
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This book is witty, from the first moment when the author tries to cross the lawn of an Oxbridge college and is stopped by a beadle because only the fellows and scholars (all male) are allowed here. Later she notes wryly that the few women's colleges have no such beadle, and none of the endowments of the men's colleges.
What a woman needs in order to write is a room of one's own and five hundred pounds a year.
When she wrote, women had only had the vote in Britain for less than a decade, and married women had only been allowed to own their own property for a bare forty years. Women's education is no longer the issue it was when the book was written and it is much easier today for a woman to be independent. Still, A Room of One's Own remains an entertaining read and the issues it raises are by no means resolved.
She should be one of the most humorous women in Britain at her time. It was supposed to be a speech. Putting a lot of discursive aside, her speech started with Women and Fiction and what she had experienced and what had inspired her about the topic she supposedly gave speech to Newham Girls College. Here main theme, "numerous generations of unsung unnoticed unjusted women paved the way for what women at her era could attain was remarkable, and the girls should fight and stand on their corpses' and souls' behalf", was so strong and so well versed.