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Author: Virginia Woolf
ISBN13: 978-0156198080
Title: The Second Common Reader: Annotated Edition
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Language: English
Category: History and Criticism
Publisher: Mariner Books; Annotated edition (October 24, 1986)
Pages: 336

The Second Common Reader: Annotated Edition by Virginia Woolf



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Virginia Woolf, "The common reader," First Series, page 15. In other words, VW is the first writer EVER who not only commanded the writer to make the reader the focus of his or her attention, but rather the READER'S BRAIN. VW is the first writer that said that THE PURPOSE OF THE SENTENCE IS TO SIMULATE REALITY- both external and internal. In the opening essay in this book Woolf tells us she is writing for the common reader. The common reader is not the critic and not the scholar.

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Each essay is moving in its own way, and as I read through the book I sometimes felt overwhelmed by Woolf's phrasing and poetic style.

The Common Reader' is a collection of essays by Virginia Woolf, published in two series, the first in 1925 and the second in 1932. The title indicates Woolf's intention that her essays be read by the educated but non-scholarly "common reader," who examines books for personal enjoyment.

The thirty-two chapters of a novel - if we consider how to read a novel first - are an attempt to make something as formed and controlled as a building: but words are more impalpable than bricks; reading is a longer and more complicated process than seeing. Perhaps the quickest way to understand the elements of what a novelist is doing is not to read, but to write; to make your own experiment with the dangers and difficulties of words. Recall, then, some event that has left a distinct impression on you - how at the corner of the street, perhaps, you passed two people talking

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The Diary of Virginia Woolf has been acclaimed as a masterpiece. Orlando ; Mrs Dalloway ; To The Lighthouse. The Mrs. Dalloway Reader. by Virginia Woolf · Francine Prose.

Here, in twenty-six essays, Woolf writes of English literature in its various forms, including the poetry of Donne; the novels of Defoe, Sterne, Meredith, and Hardy; Lord Chesterfield’s letters and De Quincey’s autobiography. She writes, too, about the life and art of women. Edited and with an Introduction by Andrew McNeillie; Index.
Reviews: 7
KiddenDan
Virginia Woolf makes me want to read more of the classics. She pointed out Conrad's "Youth," and I was blown away by it. She cuts straight to the bone with her analyses. She is not epigrammatic typically, but one of her insights I enjoyed was that Tolstoy's preoccupation is life and Dostoevsky's the soul. Reading to her seems to have been a cosmically more stimulating activity than even for the devoted bookworm. For ordinary mortals like me, I reap the benefits of her incredible enthusiasm by seeing her reveal things in writers like Austen, for example, not readily apparent. This to me seems like one of those must-have collections of literary essays for those who love the classics.
Feri
The Common Reader is an indisputable classic. Not only does Woolf reflect on the nature of the essay, she crafts essays on sundry literary topics of such stature that she forever set her mark on how the literary essay should be written. From amateur book reviewers to finely crafted essays in the New York Review of Books, no one is unaffected by Woolf’s style.

Given this stature and importance, I still have a dispute with the nature of this book. Everything Woolf touches, from Greek tragedy to philosophy to Russian novelists, is seen from a distinctive literary perspective. Does Aeschylean tragedy embody the ritual purging of Dionysian emotions in its audience or is it simply good poetry? Is philosophy the flight of the highest elements within us toward the eternal or is Plato providing a rich literary decoration for the arguments of long deceased Socrates?

I couldn’t help but be reminded of some elements of Woolf’s personal biography while reading. For example, she thought sex notoriously overrated. But is there nothing in life but literary pleasures? Is the acme of human achievement the proper appreciation of Jane Austen?

Perhaps Woolf, who could craft an essay like few others, was so enraptured by the capacities of her literary talent that she tended to view all of life from a literary perspective. At least that is the impression left on this reader after reading this book.

By all means highly recommended but with a sense that the author’s incredible achievements in the field of literature left her somewhat under appreciative of the possibilities in life. But this is merely the opinion of someone who scribbles doodles while Woolf paints one Mona Lisa after another.
Yalone
Reading the work of Virginia Woolf has always been a particular pleasure of mine, and having come to read her work later in my life than many people, I find it particularly satisfying to discover that there is so much more than just her major novels to discover and read with great pleasure, so much more of Ms. Woolf to look forward to reading! "The Common Reader", with its essays about great writers such as the master essayist, Montaigne, or the great nineteenth century female writers, Jane Austen, the Bronte's and George Eliot, are often provocative, always intelligent and frequently brilliant. "On Not Knowing Greek" and "How It Strikes a Contemporary" were also stand-outs for me. Virginia Woolf is one of the 20th Century's literary treasures, and I believe that "The Common Reader" should be read along with her other major works of fiction, for she is a very thought-provoking and skilled essayist and critic. Highly recommend.
Sheri Nelson Maclean, The Woodlands, Texas
Flamekiller
The finest critical writing there is. Thank you.
Granijurus
ALL BUT ONE 4-STAR, 5 STARS.I read a similar book which is more contemporary and readable; with addition points, a bit 'fresher'. Oh, I was a writer, now 'retired'. Yes, with an Honorable Discharge.Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)
Want to write? Read. Start with these recommendations, then gobble up all writers. Never has such home work felt so good, do so good.
MarF
It is almost what I had expected to get; I would have like it a little bit more annoted, but I undestand it is what was the will of VW herself; not to be a "bas bleu", but let the reader make his opinion by himeself.
Rainpick
Excellent resource.
What a pleasure to receive a first edition and in great condition.