A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectur...


Details A Room of One's Own

TitleA Room of One's Own
ISBN9780141183534
Author
Release DateFeb 28th, 2002
PublisherPenguin Books, Limited (UK)
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages112 pages
GenreClassics, Nonfiction, Feminism, Writing, Essays
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Reviews A Room of One's Own

  • Kelly
    2007-06-04
    Every woman should read this. Yes, everyone who told me that, you were absolutely right. It is a little book, but it's quite likely to revitalize you. How many 113 page books and/or hour long lectures (the original format of this text) can say that?This is Woolf's Damn The Man book. It is of course done in an overtly polite British way... until she brings up her fountain pen and stabs them right between the eyes. She manages to make this a work o...
  • Trevor
    2008-01-02
    There are so many books that one ‘just knows’ what they are going to be about. I have always ‘known’ about this book and ‘knew’ what it would be about. Feminist rant, right? Oh, these people do so preach to the choir, don’t they? Why do they hate men so much? In the end they are no different to the male chauvinists they are attacking. Why can’t they just be more even handed?That none of this is the case, of course, does not matter...
  • Samadrita
    2013-01-11
    Words fail me as I seek to express what I think of Virginia Woolf. Or to sum up in a few measly paragraphs, a book that may just have shattered into a million pieces all my illusions about the art of writing and reshaped my whole perspective.Have you ever imagined a disembodied voice whispering into your ears, the wisdom of the ages as you flipped through the pages of a book? how often have you conjured up the vision of the writer talking to you,...
  • Lisa
    2016-07-25
    I can't believe I only read this book now. I would have needed it when I was 18, and 25, and last year and yesterday!The opening sentence caught me, right away:"But, you may say, we asked you to speak about women and fiction - what has that got to do with a room of one's own?"I don't even need to read Virginia Woolf's justification before I exclaim:"EVERYTHING, it has EVERYTHING to do with a room of one's own!"Whoever loves art, literature, and t...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2011-09-29
    A World Of Her Own “Here then I was (call me Mary Beton, Mary Seton, Mary Carmichael or by any name you please – it is not a matter of importance) sitting on the banks of a river a week or two ago in fine October weather, lost in thought.”And they all do appear, as fictional novelists. Avatars of the Gauri.Of course, I didn’t know they were so, and I didn't want to find out. I knew Woolf was perfectly capable of inventing novelists and no...
  • Diane
    2017-03-27
    The only thing better than reading Virginia Woolf is having her work performed by Juliet Stevenson.I listened to this on audio, performed by the talented Juliet, and I was so impressed that I essentially listened to the book twice. In short, I lovedloveloved this essay by Woolf on women and fiction. When Woolf was asked to talk about women and fiction, she chose to focus on the poverty and subjugation of women in a patriarchy. "A woman must have...
  • Dolors
    2013-08-10
    "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” exposes Woolf and her multiple fictional narrators, Mary Beton, Mary Seton and Mary Carmichael, embodying the universal voices of female writers that once were and the ones that never came to be, while relentlessly beguiling the reader, sinuously spiralling him down with evocative prose, genial dexterity with words and an unapologetic tone dripping with irony, righteou...
  • Maria Clara
    2016-12-19
    Hace unos meses un amigo me recomendó este libro, y ahora me arrepiento de no haberlo leído antes. Sin lugar a dudas es una pequeña joya revestida de ensayo, que te arrastra con su lenta caricia hacia el pasado, cuando la mujer vivía a la sombra del hombre. Un magnífico ensayo sobre la mujer y la escritura...
  • Maria
    2012-09-04
    It's is 7:45 and Im already waiting dressed as best as I can with my dark suit and white/blue collar shirt outside the office for a meeting I've been expecting over a month. A meeting that perhaps will lead me get closer to accomplish a goal I've been working nonstop for years, just waiting for an opportunity to be given. After fifteen minutes, the secretary arrives and nicely welcomes me. She tells me that the meeting was arranged to be held at ...
  • Rowena
    2011-11-05
    I hadn't really made up my mind about how I feel about Virginia Woolf, until now, that is. This book definitely showed her genius and I loved it. I enjoyed reading about the history of women writers including one of my favourites, George Eliot, and how they have been suppressed systematically by patriarchy. I filed this book under "feminism" but in no way does it ridicule men or say women are better than men, it simply states that women have not ...
  • Rakhi Dalal
    2013-04-20
    The distant orange sky seems to merge into a violet-grey as a thin isolating streak rebels against their integration. She sits by the window, her gaze fixed at the thin streak, waiting unconsciously for it to reach the ubiquitous vast blackness of the sky. On the table, in her front, the pages of the open book ruffle whenever a whiff of air passes through the window into her room. Her ears, accustomed to the soundless sound of the pages, hear a s...
  • Ian
    2015-03-17
    Virginia Plain LiveVirginia Woolf constantly defies my expectations, always for the better.Nothing I had read prepared me for the light and comic touch of this short work (which is not to deny the lasting significance of its subject matter).The essay grew out of a talk she gave to the female students at two Cambridge Colleges in 1928. She edited and added to it afterwards. However, it still bears the traces of a live performance. It must have bee...
  • Amy | shoutame
    2015-09-03
    A highly informative and interesting read. I would recommend to all who have an interest in feminism, creativity or woman in fiction.This is an extended essay taken from various lectures that Woolf gave during 1928. She uses a fictional narrator to discuss matters of woman in fiction and the creativity of woman throughout history. She sets a scene and describes how a sister of Shakespeare would of been treated had she had the same talent as her b...
  • May
    2016-03-18
    Un discurso feminista impresionante de una de las mayores referentes de la literatura inglesa. Woolf nos habla de cómo las mujeres necesitan independencia económica para poder escribir y que no podrán tenerla en un mundo patriarcal.Muy bueno y muy enriquecedor.Me encantaron las alusiones a tantxs escritorxs de la literatura inglesa.
  • Aubrey
    2013-07-22
    4.5/5This is a lovely, lovely introduction to feminism, full of wit and insight and the incomparable prose of the inimitable Woolf. Not perfect, and indeed there are a few bones I'd have loved to pick with her, but even with those this book is a boon to humanity.Between bouts of beauteous imagery and fantastic meanderings of thought and form, we have many a discussion on the different subtleties by which the patriarchy in England inherited a hist...
  • Kim
    2014-02-22
    Many, many years ago, back in the mid 1970s when I was a freshly-minted law student a few months out of high school, I went to a party. There I met a sophisticated man, probably in his forties. He was a lawyer. I started telling him about my studies. When I look back on it now, I realise that I may have been overly enthusiastic, a bore even. However, for years I was enraged by his reaction. "Why do you want to study law? You'll get married one da...
  • Paul
    2014-03-05
    A standard must read text based on Woolf’s lectures to the two Cambridge colleges which admitted women in 1928. It expresses a clear truth and clear injustice in very inventive ways. She describes her trials and tribulations in writing and researching the lectures using a skilfully woven skein of history, fiction, opinion and musings on the outrageousness of the place of women. The part about Shakespeare’s sister is brilliant.Woolf is pointin...
  • Scarlet Cameo
    2017-02-02
    "No es posible que en ninguna época haya existido tan estridente preocupación por la sexualidad como en la nuestra;[...]sin duda tenía la cumpla la campaña de las sufragistas. Debía de haber despertado en los hombres un extraordinario deseo de autoafirmación; debía de haberles empujado a hacer resaltar su propio sexo y sus características, en las que no se habrían molestado en pensar si no les hubieran desafiado." Pocas veces me atrevo a...
  • Yani
    2012-11-05
    Lamento haber tardado tanto en leer un libro que atrapa desde el principio. Tener que soltarlo era un poquito doloroso, aunque hay una ventaja: no se termina tan rápido. Una habitación propia (o A Room of Ones Own) es un ensayo que problematiza la autoría femenina desde algunos elementos que Woolf decide tomar para hablar de ello. En este caso, se dedica a la falta de un espacio en donde la mujer pueda escribir tranquila. Sin embargo, a me...
  • Teresa
    2016-06-28
    Before I read this book, two tidbits always came to mind when I thought of it: that a woman needed 500 pounds a year to be able to write in that room of her own and that Woolf had imagined a life for Shakespeare’s fictional, just-as-talented sister. While these are key components, I was surprised to see that this extended essay/speech is different and fuller than this prior knowledge had led me to believe. I was perhaps surprised by Woolf’s o...
  • Tara
    2012-03-11
    Once, I loved Virginia Woolf. She gets two stars here because of that former devotion, and because of the quality of her prose. But this is a toxic book.Be very clear what Woolf means: to be a writer, one needs to be isolated from life. Art is for the elite of the bourgeois. It is not for your housekeeper. It is not for the janitor at the school where you learned to appreciate the subtleties of verse. It is not for the chef who provides you the l...
  • FeReSHte
    2014-12-10
    راستش این همه کتاب نوشته ی نویسندگان زن خونده بودم و هرگز به قضیه اینطوری نگاه نکرده بودم. ویرجینیا وولف در قالبی جدید (داستان گونه) مقاله ای دررابطه با داستان نویسی زنان ارائه میکنه. مثلن همین طور که در کتابخانه ای قدم میزنه کتابهایی رو از قفسه بیرو...
  • Darwin8u
    2011-06-29
    “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's OwnAn important piece on women and literature. But more than that, 'A Room of One's Own' is a piece on education and literature, money and literature, space and literature. Woolf explores how money and space are essential to a person being able to have the things needed for art.It reminds me a bit of Ezekiel 3:3 -"And he said unto me...
  • Sub_zero
    2017-01-04
    Mi primera incursión en la obra de Virginia Woolf pasa por uno de sus textos más influyentes y reconocidos, un ensayo narrativo en el que Woolf, aparte de acuñar algunas de las citas más célebres de su carrera, deja entrever las dificultades del sexo femenino para prosperar en un mundo dominado por hombres y defiende la necesidad de alcanzar su emancipación económica e intelectual (o, en otras palabras, esa famosa «habitación propia»). ...
  • Misha
    2011-08-15
    This is only the second Virginia Woolf book I have read (shocking, right?). Like the first one (Mrs. Dalloway), I find it a bit difficult to express how I feel about this book.Though this has been described as a feminist classic, I think this can be read (in fact must be read) by anyone interested in women writers in history. The author offers some excellent insights on the role of women and the reasons they weren't active in the literary world. ...
  • Esma Tezgi
    2017-03-17
    Kendine Ait Bir Oda.. yorum yapması çok zor olan bir kitap, ne desem bilemiyorum açıkçası. O incecik kitap 128 sayfa içinde yüzyılların kadın tarihini ve incelemesini barındırıyor ve içinize öyle bir işliyor ki söyleyebilecek kelime bulamıyorsunuz bu kitabın üstüne. Yıllar önce yazılmasına rağmen hala geçerliliğini koruyan ve daha uzun zaman güncelliğini koruyabilecek bir kitap.. Virginia Woolf, kadın ve kurmacanı...
  • Sara
    2015-01-07
    Con tutto il rispetto per gli editori, che svolgono un mestiere davvero importantissimo, io sempre più spesso mi trovo a domandarmi: ma che libro avranno letto? La quarta di copertina di questa edizione delle conferenze che Virginia Woolf tenne a Cambridge sul tema “le donne e il romanzo”, si apre con le parole: «Illustre capostipite dei manifesti femminili del Novecento europeo.» Una definizione che mi contorce le budella. Ma Virginia Woo...
  • Miriam
    2010-08-21
    I wouldn't have gotten much out of this book if I hadn't gone to graduate school -- not because the book is difficult or obtuse, but for the entirely personal reason that graduate school in the Midwest was my first real encounter with the persistence of the sexist views Woolf describes. Growing up in San Francisco, I had almost no experience with sexism. No one ever told me or my friends that women were not as good at anything, that we shouldn't ...
  • Kimi
    2016-10-22
    "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." What a masterpiece! I honestly believe that A Room of One's Own is one of those books that everyone needs to experience for themselves because all I can tell you about it is that it will give you such a better idea about feminism and what it means to be a woman trying to write fiction throughout the ages. Virgina Woolf never fails to impress. I will definitely be reading ...
  • Madeline
    2010-07-31
    Among the many things about this book that continue to blow my mind, there's the fact that Virginia Woolf manages to fit more information and beautiful writing into 114 pages than most writers can get in 500. This is such a small book, but it's so much more substantial than it appears. The book is a combination of papers Virgina Woolf wrote when she was asked to speak on "Women and Fiction." She starts out by telling us about this assignment and ...