Here is the first volume in another major series of Virginia Woolf's writings: her essays and reviews, arranged chronologically and annotated. Most of the pieces109 in all, 83 of which have not previously been collectedbegan as anonymous reviews in the Times Literary Supplement. Evidently, Woolf had to endure quite a lot of rubbishy fiction during these years, but she usually managed to find something positive to say, and a few essays stand out in the way they seem to point to Woolf's gestating fictional vision. Overall, these are polished works of literary journalismshrewd, deft, inquisitive, graceful, and often sparkling. They "form an invaluable record of their author's intellectual and professional life" and in the bargain survive as enjoyable reading. Keith Cushman, English Dept., Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
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