The Years. Virginia Woolf.

The Years

Hardcover, London: Hogarth Press, 1937. First Edition; First Printing. Very Good in Fair dust jacket. Very Good: green buckram covers with gilt title, author and publisher on spine. Spine pulled away from binding on top and bottom, but still fully intact volume. Minor cracking of front endpaper at spine. Former own signature and date on front endpaper. Fair Dust Jacket: one inch piece missing from bottom of spine. Dust Jacket taped on inside. Dust Jacket is now protected in an archival cover. This is a first edition of The Years, the last of Virginia Woolf's novels to be published in her lifetime. It was printed in 1937 by the Hogarth Press, the publishing company Woolf co-owned with her husband. The dust jacket illustration was done by Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's sister. The Years is a bit of an unusual novel. It was originally conceived of as a non-fiction book focused on the economic and social life of women, beyond artists whom she'd previously written about, and grew out of a lecture Woolf gave to the National Society for Women's Service entitled "Professions for Women." After starting on the book, Woolf changed her plan and began writing a book that was a series of non-fiction essays with short passages of fiction interspersed, before deciding to write pure fiction. The novel covers the years 1880 to 1937, but does it by tightly focusing on just 11 days. One day each from 1880, 1891, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1917, 1918, and 1937. I don't really know the plot of the novel, but those were tumultuous times spanning the apex of the British Empire, World War I and the dramatic social changes it brought, the women's suffrage movement, the beginning of the Empire's fall, the Great Depression, and the rise of Nazism. Ships same or next business day. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 469 pages. [Item #77893]

Price: $200.00

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