Mrs. Woolf and the servants : an intimate history of domestic life in Bloomsbury /

"When Virginia Woolf wrote A Room of One's Own in 1929, she established her reputation as a feminist, a woman who could imagine a more open and liberal reality, and an advocate for the female voice. Indeed the Bloomsbury set has often been identified with liberal, open-minded views; Woolf&...

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Main Author: Light, Alison, 1955-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2009, ©2008.
Edition:Paperback ed.
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Main Author:Light, Alison, 1955-
Summary:"When Virginia Woolf wrote A Room of One's Own in 1929, she established her reputation as a feminist, a woman who could imagine a more open and liberal reality, and an advocate for the female voice. Indeed the Bloomsbury set has often been identified with liberal, open-minded views; Woolf's circle of artists and writers were considered Bohemians ahead of their time. But they were also of their time. Like thousands of other British households, Virginia Woolf's relied on live-in domestics for the most intimate of daily tasks. That room of her own she so valued was cleaned, heated, and supplied with meals by a series of cooks and maids throughout her childhood and adult life. In Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, Alison Light gives depth and dignity to the long-overlooked servants who worked for the Bloomsbury intellectuals." -- Book cover.

"Superbly researched, often passionately eloquent, and enthralling throughout."-- Washington Post Book World

When Virginia Woolf wrote A Room of One's Own in 1929, she established her reputation as a feminist, and an advocate for unheard voices. But like thousands of other upper-class British women, Woolf relied on live-in domestic servants for the most intimate of daily tasks. That room of Woolf's own was kept clean by a series of cooks and maids throughout her life. In the much-praised Mrs. Woolf and the Servants , Alison Light probes the unspoken inequality of Bloomsbury homes with insight and grace, and provides an entirely new perspective on an essential modern artist.

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Physical Description:xxiii, 376 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-358) and index.
ISBN:9781596916944 (pbk.)
159691694X (pbk.)
9781596915602 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
1596915609 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
Author Notes:

Alison Light is the author of Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism between the Wars and edited Virginia Woolf's Flush for Penguin Classics. She is currently a professor at the Raphael Samuel History Centre at the University of East London, and teaches English at Newcastle University. She is a contributor to the London Review of Books . Her grandmother worked as a domestic servant.


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