The Common Reader

Vanessa Bell, dust jacket of "The Common Reader"
Bruce Peel Library

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Henrietta Garnett


Virginia Woolf


Woolf's collections of essays published by the Press, The Common Reader takes Samuel Johnson's phrase and refashions it for the modernist period. Now often discussed and well-known, this collection of essays consists of some purpose- written essays and some of Woolf's reviews for the TLS and other literary periodicals. Like all of Woolf's works by this time, it was a great publishing success and required a second impression in the same year.


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