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A Room of One's Own

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Surprisingly, this long essay about society and art and sexism is one of Woolf's most accessible works.
Woolf, a major modernist writer and critic, takes us on an erudite yet conversational--and completely entertaining--walk
around the history of women in writing, smoothly comparing the architecture of sentences by the likes of William
Shakespeare ( /exec/obidos/Author=Shakespeare%2C%20William/%24%7B0%7D ) and Jane Austen (
/exec/obidos/Author=Austen%2C%20Jane/%24%7B0%7D ), all the while lampooning the chauvinistic state of university
education in the England of her day. When she concluded that to achieve their full greatness as writers women will need
a solid income and a privacy, Woolf pretty much invented modern feminist criticism.

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Surprisingly, this long essay about society and art and sexism is one of Woolf's most accessible works.
Woolf, a major modernist writer and critic, takes us on an erudite yet conversational--and completely entertaining--walk
around the history of women in writing, smoothly comparing the architecture of sentences by the likes of William
Shakespeare and Jane Austen, all the while lampooning the chauvinistic state of university education in the England of
her day. When she concluded that to achieve their full greatness as writers women will need a solid income and a
privacy, Woolf pretty much invented modern feminist criticism.
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Essay by Virginia Woolf, published in 1929. The work was based on two lectures given by the author in 1928 at Newnham
College and Girton College, Cambridge. Woolf addressed the status of women, and women artists in particular, in this
famous essay which asserts that a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write. Woolf celebrates the
work of women writers, including Jane Austen, George Eliot, and the Brontes. In the final section Woolf suggests that
great minds are androgynous. She argues that intellectual freedom requires financial freedom, and she entreats her
audience to write not only fiction but poetry, criticism, and scholarly works as well. The essay, written in lively,
graceful prose, displays the same impressive descriptive powers evident in Woolf's novels and reflects her compelling
conversational style. (The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature)

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