A selection of twenty-nine essays. “[Woolf's] essays…are lighter and easier than her fiction, and they exude information and pleasure…. Everything she writes about novelists, like everything she writes about women, is fascinating…. Her well-stocked, academic, masculine mind is the ideal flint for the steel of her uncanny intuitions to strike on” (Cyril Connolly, New Yorker).
Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 — 28 March 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”