Virginia Woolf by Gillian Gill audiobook

Virginia Woolf: And the Women Who Shaped Her World

By Gillian Gill
Read by Nicola Barber

HMH Audio 9781328683953
15.22 Hours Unabridged
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An insightful, witty look at Virginia Woolf through the lens of the extraordinary women closest to her. How did Adeline Virginia Stephen become the great writer Virginia Woolf? Acclaimed biographer Gillian Gill tells the stories of the women whose legacies—of strength, style, and creativity—shaped Woolf’s path to the radical writing that inspires so many today.    Gill casts back to Woolf’s French-Anglo-Indian maternal great-grandmother Thérèse de L’Etang, an outsider to English culture whose beauty passed powerfully down the female line; and to Woolf’s aunt Anne Thackeray Ritchie, who gave Woolf her first vision of a successful female writer.  Yet it was the women in her own family circle who had the most complex and lasting effect on Woolf.  Her mother, Julia, and sisters Stella, Laura, and Vanessa were all, like Woolf herself, but in markedly different ways, warped by the male-dominated household they lived in.  Finally, Gill shifts the lens onto the famous Bloomsbury group.  This, Gill convinces, is where Woolf called upon the legacy of the women who shaped her to transform a group of men--united in their love for one another and their disregard for women--into a society in which Woolf ultimately found her freedom and her voice.    

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

An insightful, witty look at Virginia Woolf through the lens of the extraordinary women closest to her.

How did Adeline Virginia Stephen become the great writer Virginia Woolf? Acclaimed biographer Gillian Gill tells the stories of the women whose legacies—of strength, style, and creativity—shaped Woolf’s path to the radical writing that inspires so many today.

   Gill casts back to Woolf’s French-Anglo-Indian maternal great-grandmother Thérèse de L’Etang, an outsider to English culture whose beauty passed powerfully down the female line; and to Woolf’s aunt Anne Thackeray Ritchie, who gave Woolf her first vision of a successful female writer.  Yet it was the women in her own family circle who had the most complex and lasting effect on Woolf.  Her mother, Julia, and sisters Stella, Laura, and Vanessa were all, like Woolf herself, but in markedly different ways, warped by the male-dominated household they lived in.  Finally, Gill shifts the lens onto the famous Bloomsbury group.  This, Gill convinces, is where Woolf called upon the legacy of the women who shaped her to transform a group of men--united in their love for one another and their disregard for women--into a society in which Woolf ultimately found her freedom and her voice.  
 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Woolf’s life has been endlessly pored over, but Gill finds a fresh way in by structuring her chatty, occasionally speculative biography around the female influences on Woolf’s thinking and well-being, including her bohemian sister, Vanessa.” New York Times Book Review
“Captivating and incisive.” BookPage
“This volume will be welcomed by readers and students curious about the cultural aspects of Woolf’s development as a writer." Library Journal
“Gill presents a deft and empathetic portrayal of Woolf, the most famous author in the Bloomsbury group, by providing fascinating personal histories of generations of Pattle and Stephen women who influenced and inspired her.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Gillian Gill

Author Bio: Gillian Gill

Gillian Gill is the author of Virginia Woolf, We Too, Nightingales, Agatha Christie, and Mary Baker Eddy. She received her PhD in modern French literature from Cambridge University and has taught at Northeastern, Wellesley, Yale, and Harvard.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 15.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English