Becoming Virginia Woolf: Her Early Diaries and the Diaries She Read

by Barbara Lounsberry

They fascinate us as they fascinate her: those writers who encouraged, warned, comforted, and trained a developing genius.”—Nancy Price, author of Sleeping with the Enemy

“Lounsberry’s deeply researched and gracefully written book shows not only Woolf’s development into a great diarist but also her evolvement into the fiction and nonfiction writer revered today.”—Gay Talese, author of A Writer’s Life

A must-read for devotees of Virginia Woolf.”—Panthea Reid, author of Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf

Starting with fourteen-year-old Virginia Woolf’s first palm-sized leather diary, this book traces Woolf’s development as a writer through the fascinating experimental stage of her first twelve diaries. Follow Woolf’s growth as she is influenced by the diaries of legendary writers like Sir Walter Scott and Fanny Burney on her way to becoming one of literature’s most renowned modernists.

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