The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf

The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf is a series of tutorials and guidance notes on all Woolf’s shorter fiction. She wrote many of these stories as experimental sketches or exercises in which she developed new techniques for prose fiction and the art of story-telling. The majority of the stories were written between 1917 and the early 1930s – a period which also saw the creation of her most famous modernist novels. The series is an on-going compilation and is shown here in alphabetical order. Dates given are for first publication.

The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   A Haunted House   — (1921)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   A Simple Melody   — (1925)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   A Summing Up   — (1944)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   An Unwritten Novel   — (1920)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   Ancestors   — (1923)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   Happiness   — (1925)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   In the Orchard   — (1923)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   Kew Gardens   — (1917)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   Moments of Being   — (1925)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   Monday or Tuesday   — (1921)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   Phyllis and Rosamond   — (1906)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   Solid Objects   — (1920)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   Sympathy   — (1919)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Evening Party   — (1920)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Introduction   — (1925)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Lady in the Looking-Glass   — (1929)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Legacy   — (1940)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Man who Loved his Kind   — (1944)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Mark on the Wall   — (1917)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Mysterious Case of Miss V   — (1906)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The New Dress   — (1927)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Shooting Party   — (1938)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The String Quartet   — (1921)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Symbol   — (1930s)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   The Watering Place   — (1941)
The Complete Short Stories of Virginia Woolf   Together and Apart   — (1944)


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Other works by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf To the LighthouseTo the Lighthouse (1927) is the second of the twin jewels in the crown of her late experimental phase. It is concerned with the passage of time, the nature of human consciousness, and the process of artistic creativity. Woolf substitutes symbolism and poetic prose for any notion of plot, and the novel is composed as a tryptich of three almost static scenes – during the second of which the principal character Mrs Ramsay dies – literally within a parenthesis. The writing is lyrical and philosophical at the same time. Many critics see this as her greatest achievement, and Woolf herself realised that with this book she was taking the novel form into hitherto unknown territory.
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Virginia Woolf OrlandoOrlando (1928) is one of her lesser-known novels, although it’s critical reputation has risen in recent years. It’s a delightful fantasy which features a character who changes sex part-way through the book – and lives from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Using this device (which turns out to be strangely credible) Woolf explores issues of gender and identity as her hero-heroine moves through a variety of lives and personal adventures. Orlando starts out as an emissary to the Court of St James, lives through friendships with Swift and Alexander Pope, and ends up motoring through the west end of London on a shopping expedition in the 1920s. The character is loosely based on Vita Sackville-West, who at one time was Woolf’s lover. The novel itself was described by Nigel Nicolson (Sackville-West’s son) as ‘the longest and most charming love-letter in literature’.
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Kew GardensKew Gardens is a collection of experimental short stories in which Woolf tested out ideas and techniques which she then later incorporated into her novels. After Chekhov, they represent the most important development in the modern short story as a literary form. Incident and narrative are replaced by evocations of mood, poetic imagery, philosophic reflection, and subtleties of composition and structure. The shortest piece, ‘Monday or Tuesday’, is a one-page wonder of compression. This collection is a cornerstone of literary modernism. No other writer – with the possible exception of Nadine Gordimer, has taken the short story as a literary genre as far as this.
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Virginia Woolf: BiographyVirginia Woolf is a readable and well illustrated biography by John Lehmann, who at one point worked as her assistant and business partner at the Hogarth Press. It is described by the blurb as ‘A critical biography of Virginia Woolf containing illustrations that are a record of the Bloomsbury Group and the literary and artistic world that surrounded a writer who is immensely popular today’. This is an attractive and very accessible introduction to the subject which has been very popular with readers ever since it was first published..
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Virginia Woolf – web links

Red button Virginia Woolf at Mantex
Biographical notes, study guides to the major works, book reviews, studies of the short stories, bibliographies, web links, study resources.

Virginia Woolf web links Blogging Woolf
Book reviews, Bloomsbury related issues, links, study resources, news of conferences, exhibitions, and events, regularly updated.

Virginia Woolf web links Virginia Woolf at Wikipedia
Full biography, social background, interpretation of her work, fiction and non-fiction publications, photograph albumns, list of biographies, and external web links

Virginia Woolf web links Virginia Woolf at Gutenberg
Selected eTexts of her novels and stories in a variety of digital formats.

Virginia Woolf web links Woolf Online
An electronic edition and commentary on To the Lighthouse with notes on its composition, revisions, and printing – plus relevant extracts from the diaries, essays, and letters.

Virginia Woolf web links Hyper-Concordance to Virginia Woolf
Search texts of all the major novels and essays, word by word – locate quotations, references, and individual terms

Virginia Woolf web links Orlando – Sally Potter’s film archive
The text and film script, production notes, casting, locations, set designs, publicity photos, video clips, costume designs, and interviews.

Virginia Woolf web links Women’s History Walk in Bloomsbury
Tour of literary and political homes in Bloomsbury – including Gordon Square, Gower Street, Bedford Square, Tavistock Square, plus links to women’s history web sites.

Virginia Woolf web links Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain
Bulletins of events, annual lectures, society publications, and extensive links to Woolf and Bloomsbury related web sites

Virginia Woolf web links BBC Audio Essay – A Eulogy to Words
Charming sound recording of radio talk given by Virginia Woolf in 1937 – a podcast accompanied by a slideshow of photographs.

Virginia Woolf web links A Family Photograph Albumn
Leslie Stephen compiled a photograph album and wrote an epistolary memoir, known as the “Mausoleum Book,” to mourn the death of his wife, Julia, in 1895 – an archive at Smith College – Massachusetts

Virginia Woolf web links Virginia Woolf – on video
Biographical studies and documentary videos with comments on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group and the social background of their times.

Virginia Woolf web links Virginia Woolf Miscellany
An archive of academic journal essays 2003—2014, featuring news items, book reviews, and full length studies.

© Roy Johnson 2014


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