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An immaculately-observed social comedy that explores the boundaries between personal freedom and the demands of love, the Penguin Classics edition of Virginia Woolf's Night and Day is edited with an introduction and notes by Julia Briggs. Katharine Hilbery is beautiful and privileged, but uncertain of her future. She must choose between becoming engaged to the oddly prosaic poet William Rodney, and her dangerous attraction to the passionate Ralph Denham. As she struggles to decide, the lives of two other women - women's rights activist Mary Datchet and Katharine's mother, Margaret, struggling to weave together the documents, events and memories of her own father's life into a biography - impinge on hers with unexpected and intriguing consequences. Virginia Woolf's delicate second novel is both a love story and a social comedy, yet it also subtly undermines these traditions, questioning a woman's role and the very nature of experience. This edition of Night and Day includes a detailed introduction by Julia Briggs, which considers the key themes of the novel and its place in the tradition of social comedy, a map of central London of the period and notes. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is regarded as a major 20th century author, a great novelist and essayist, and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist. and became the centre of 'The Bloomsbury Group'. This informal collective of artists and writers which included Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, exerted a powerful influence over early twentieth-century British culture. Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to the poetic and highly experimental novel The Waves (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography, including the playfully subversive Orlando (1928) and A Room of One's Own (1929) a passionate feminist essay.
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display_descriptionSince its publication in 1919, Virginia Woolf's second novel has been largely dismissed as "traditional" - but reading the book more closely today shows us just how prescient and unconventional it was. On its surface, Night and Day plays with the tropes of Shakespearean comedy: We follow the romantic endeavors of two friends, Katharine Hilbery and Mary Datchet, as love is confessed and rebuffed, partners switched, weddings planned and cancelled, until we finally arrive at two engagements. But these dramas play out against the first steps of the women's suffrage movement, as women's roles in society fitfully started to shift away from charm, subservience, and self-sacrifice toward equal partnership. Ultimately, Woolf's novel is a subversive challenge to the male-writer establishment of the Edwardian age - Henry James, E.M. Forster, their forebears and successors - that undercuts the unequal gender dialectic on which their plots depend. The Virginia Woolf of Night and Day is every bit as brilliant, funny, sharp, and imbued with a deep love of language as in her celebrated later works Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse. What makes Night and Day so remarkable is its devotion to "real life." As bestselling author of Fates and Furies Lauren Groff writes in her introduction, "Virginia Woolf, in pushing outward in this book toward an articulation of a new and better kind of marriage, doesn't stop for a moment to try to seduce the reader into loving her characters - she is too fixated on breaking new ground and exploring her ideas." This edition, beautifully illustrated by Kristen Radtke, celebrates the 100th anniversary of this key work not only of the Woolf canon, but also of the vital history of feminist literature.
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subject_facetBiographers -- Fiction
Domestic fiction
Electronic books
England -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction
Intellectuals -- Great Britain -- Fiction
London (England) -- Fiction
Love stories
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction
Poets -- Family relationships -- Fiction
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction
Young women -- England -- London -- Fiction
Young women -- Fiction
title_displayNight and day
title_fullNight and Day
Night and day / Virginia Woolf
Night and day / Virginia Woolf ; edited with an introduction and notes by Julia Briggs
Night and day / Virginia Woolf ; edited with an introduction and notes by Suzanne Raitt
Night and day [electronic resource] / Virginia Woolf
Night and day [electronic resource] Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941,
Night and day [electronic resource] Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
title_shortNight and day
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Family relationships
Mothers and daughters
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Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Young women