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Virginia Woolf's Women
Vanessa Curtis
Foreword by Julia Briggs

"If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure—the relationship so secret and private compared with relations to men."
—Virginia Woolf in her diary, 1924

This is the first biography to concentrate exclusively on Woolf's close and inspirational friendships with the key women in her life, including the caregivers of her Victorian childhood who instilled in her a lifelong battle between creativity and convention: her taciturn sister, Vanessa Bell; enigmatic artist Dora Carrington; complex writer Katherine Mansfield; aristocratic novelist Vita Sackville-West; and riotous, militant composer Ethel Smyth.

"Vanessa Curtis's portrait of Woolf, her family, and her friends is quite compelling. What I found most distinctive is Curtis's fine appreciation of the emotional tissue that connected Woolf to the women who loved her. . . Using diaries and letters, Curtis illuminates these varied relationships." —Lynn K. Talbot, Roanoke College, coauthor of Living at the Edge

Vanessa Curtis cofounded the Virginia Woolf Society of Great 1998. She coedits the Virginia Woolf Bulletin and has published a monograph on Virginia Woolf for the Bloomsbury Heritage series. She lives and writes near Chichester Harbour, England.

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February 2003
LC: 2002075671 PR
224 pp.   6 x 9   20 b/w illus.

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