Between the Acts

Image of dust jacket for Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf, featuring a black and white Illustration by Vanessa Bell

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Between the Acts






Woolf died while completing this, her final novel; the manuscript was finished, though she had not yet revised it. It was published shortly after her death. It describes the process of putting on a play in a small English town just before the Second World War; much of it is written in verse.