Night and Day [eBook]

Virginia Woolf

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Night and Day by Virginia Woolf first published on 20 October 1919. 

This is one of the more traditional of Woolf's works, here we can see her starting to break free, with an interesting mix of both seriousness and humour, Woolf shows that she has definitely found her own style.

The novel is set in Edwardian London, Night and Day contrasts the daily lives and romantic attachments of the two acquaintances, Mary Datchet and Katharine Hilbery. 

Katharine Hilbery and Mary Dachet are two young women of marriageable age, and although both have prospects, they also have other areas of interest—Katharine is passionate about her intellectual pursuits and Mary works on a campaign for women’s suffrage. Both women must learn to balance their expectations for their futures and their prospects for marriage with their own passions and happiness.

One of Virginia Woolf’s lesser known, earlier novels, Night and Day relies less heavily on the ‘stream of consciousness’ style that is so distinctive in the author’s later novels.


About the Author

Adeline Virginia Woolf (born Jan. 25, 1882, London, Eng. - died March 28, 1941, near Rodmell, Sussex) British novelist and critic. Daughter of Leslie Stephen, she and her sister became the early nucleus of the Bloomsbury group. She married Leonard Woolf in 1912; in 1917 they founded the Hogarth Press. Her best novels - including Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927) - are experimental; in them she examines the human experience of time, the indefinability of character, and external circumstances as they impinge on consciousness.

Orlando (1928) is a historical fantasy about a single character who experiences England from the Elizabethan era to the early 20th century, and The Waves (1931), perhaps her most radically experimental work, uses interior monologue and recurring images to trace the inner lives of six characters. Such works confirmed her place among the major figures of literary modernism. Her best critical studies are collected in The Common Reader (1925, 1932).

Her long essay A Room of One's Own (1929) addressed the status of women, and women artists in particular. Her other novels include Jacob's Room (1922), The Years (1937), and Between the Acts (1941). She also wrote a biography of Roger Fry. Her health and mental stability were delicate throughout her life; in a recurrence of mental illness, she drowned herself. Her diaries and correspondence have been published in several editions.

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