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Am I a Snob? And Other Essays

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The reincarnation of Woolf - a "difficult" modernist novelist with a reputation for battiness and bad dress sense - as a Hollywood A-list heroine is not an obvious one. Until her suicide in , Woolf was a member of the Bloomsbury set, a self-appointed coterie of artists and intellectuals renowned for their bohemian attitudes to food, sexuality and art. She had been born into a Victorian upper-middle class, intellectual family in , the daughter of the biographer Sir Leslie Stephen, but despite the privileged beginnings her childhood was not happy. Her mother died when she was 13, and the young Virginia suffered sexual abuse at the hands of two of her stepbrothers, a fact which many consider to be responsible for a perceived frigidity and asexuality in her life and work. Three other deaths that of her stepsister, a brother and her father followed in fairly quick succession. In her teens she first began to suffer from the breakdowns often accompanied by hallucinations and manic depression which plagued her all her life and led to her suicide.

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Was Virginia Woolf a Snob? the Case of Aristocratic Portraits in Orlando

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual. When Virginia Woolf introduced the idea of Orlando to Vita Sackville-West, whose life was the basis for Orlando, she explained that Sackville-West's "excellence as a subject" arose largely from her "noble birth," adding teasingly: " But whats [sic] years of nobility, all the same? From the outset, Woolf thus tied her interest in Sackville-West to her own snobbishness. This was a character trait that had great interest for Woolf, who made it a theme for introspection in one of the papers she read to the Bloomsbury Memoir Club in

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Sonya Rudikoff has written a fascinating study that explores Woolf's interests in old families and old houses, and the implications of her involvement in such questions. She rather teased herself on this topic in her essay "Am I A Snob? Sonya Rudikoff has produced a book that is compulsively readable and sheds fresh light on Virginia Woolf, her writings, and her life. Written with great erudition and wit, this book is a considerable addition to Woolf studies. Yes, and despite all the others, a quite original one at that!

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