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Series: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 9781907903922
Pages: 184
Publication Date: May 16, 2017

From Notting Hill Editions

Essays on the Self

by Virginia Woolf, with an introduction by Joanna Kavenna


The Notting Hill Editions Classic Collection series brings together the great essayists of the past, introduced by contemporary writers. Essays on the Self is a surprising collection spanning twenty-one years of Virginia Woolf’s life, from the ages of thirty-seven to fifty-eight, the year before her suicide. The question of the self is central, in some way, to every essay in this book. Whether she is discussing the rights of women, the revolutions of modernity, social inequality, or the future of the novel, Woolf acknowledges that a writer’s task is to find a unique self through which to view the world. The thirteen essays are introduced by the novelist Joanna Kavenna.

by Virginia Woolf, introduction by Joanna Kavenna


Underpinning all of the essays is the question of what it means to have a sense of self. A question that, in the age of the selfie, seems utterly topical.
—Julia Bell, Writers’ Hub, University College London

The book explores the idea of the self in a very thought-provoking way and is a real treat for Woolf fans who like to analyze the more complex themes and ideas in her works.
Virginia Woolf Blog

The essays...are sublime moments in intellectual history, while also being entertaining and accessible.
Shiny New Books