Ostensibly on an errand to buy a pencil, we join Virginia Woolf as she goes 'street haunting': seeking spiritual comfort and literary inspiration from lives glimpsed while walking London's wintry streets. In her inimitable modernist style, Woolf's words, like the lamps illuminating her way, throw a mysterious, 'pale light' on all that she encounters.
The perfect companion piece to the other title in our London series, 'Night Walks' by Charles Dickens, this edition also features striking woodcut illustrations by Autumn Ahn.
Virginia Woolf, born 1882, was an English author, publisher, feminist and one of the foremost proponents of literary modernism. She began writing professionally in 1905, initially for the Times Literary Supplement. In 1912 she married Leonard Woolf, a civil servant and political theorist. Her first novel, The Voyage Out, was published in 1915. Between the wars, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. After completing the manuscript of her last (posthumously published) novel, Between the Acts, she fell into a depression. On 28 March 1941, Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, walked into the River Ouse near her home, and drowned herself.