(London: Hogarth Press, 1943). 187 x 123 mm. (7 1/4 x 4 7/8"). 124 pp.Foreword by Leonard Woolf. FIRST EDITION.
Original red cloth, in the dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell. One-inch tear to front joint of dust jacket, two tiny tears to rear jacket joint, spine a trifle cocked, leaves a little yellowed (due to wartime paper quality), but a really excellent copy nevertheless, the leaves quite fresh, and the cloth and white jacket unusually clean.
This posthumous collection of Woolf's short stories and sketches, assembled by her husband, comprises six works that appeared in the only book of short stories she published during her lifetime, six that had previously appeared in magazines, and six that had never appeared in print. Included are three--"The Mark on the Wall," "Kew Gardens," and "An Unwritten Novel"--DNB describes as "less stories than theoretical expositions of the new form of fiction that she had come upon, back in 1905, in the course of tramps in Cornwall. Her aim was to find in the 'moment of being' a climactic inward event, parallel to what her friend T. S. Eliot termed 'unattended moments' and what James Joyce termed 'epiphany'." (ST13580a)
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