Essays on the Self | Virginia Woolf



Notting Hill Classic Collection

With Foreword by Joanna Kavenna

“All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; one shrunk to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, invisible to others. A self, having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.”

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In these essays Virginia Woolf explores the nature of the finite self (‘Who am I?’ ‘Who is everybody else?) and how individual experience might be discerned and relayed. Each of us exists once on earth, each one of us speaks of ‘myself’ or ‘yourself’, distinguishing the lone self from a bewildering array of other selves. How to express the perceptions of this self? – It is risky, difficult; society seek to smudge and even obliterate the unique vision of the self, to replace it with a collective reality, the same for everyone, mendacious, meaningless. Trust yourself, Woolf suggest, live within the beauty and strangeness of ordinary life.

Notting Hill Editions

With Forward by Joanna Kavenna

Published 2014


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