Books and Portraits
Some further selections from the literary and biographical writings of Virginia Woolf
In 1967 the publication of B.J. Kirkpatrick's revised 'Bibliography' of Virginia Woolf's writings revealed more than one hundred items that had never previously been published in book form. 'Books and Portraits' comprises a selection of these reviews and essays, a collection which firmly endorses Virginia Woolf's significance as a write of non-fiction.
The pieces cover a wide range of subjects - both literary and biographical - and include early impressionistic sketches set alongside more formal reviews of books by authors as Kipling, Dostoevsky and Rupert Brooke. The essays on women writers are particularly important, since they highlight the views which she developed more fully in 'A Room Of One's Own' and 'Three Guineas'. These, together with the intriguing 'portraits' of famous men and women, surely represent the diversity of Virginia Woolf's achievement as a critic. They also contribute to an understanding of her aims and objectives as a novelist.