The Diary of Virginia Woolf: Volume 1 | Granta

  • Published: 01/06/2023
  • ISBN: 9781783788668
  • Granta Books
  • 512 pages

The Diary of Virginia Woolf: Volume 1

Virginia Woolf

With an introduction by Virginia Nicholson

Saturday 2 February 1918. The first walk we’ve had for ever so long. Damp, mild vaporous day. Funeral bells tolling as we went out, & marriage as we came in. The streets lined with people waiting their meat. Aeroplanes droning invisible. Our usual evening, alone happily, knee deep in papers.

This diary begins in January 1915. Virginia Woolf was about to publish her first novel, The Voyage Out. By the end of 1919 she had published many essays and reviews, as well as a second novel, Night and Day. Her diary was the counterpoint to that public writing: here she could record details of daily life, think about friends and reading, writing and her state of mind. This diary offers a unique insight into the life and mind of one of Britain’s most influential writers, and the circle she was part of which came to be known as Bloomsbury.

This new Granta edition includes Woolf’s ‘Asheham Diary’ for the first time.

The Author

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is recognised as one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century. She was part of the Bloomsbury circle of artists, writers and thinkers, and a leading figure in the modernist movement. Perhaps best known for her fiction, including Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, she also wrote essays, biographies and reviews and maintained a private diary for much of her adult life. She was married to Leonard Woolf and lived between London and East Sussex.

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