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 the 24th of 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...


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TitleA Room of One's Own
ISBN9780141183534
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 2000
PublisherPenguin Books
LanguageEnglish
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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brina
    2017-12-04
    Reading my first work by Virginia Woolf was just what the reading doctor ordered after my frustrating experience with Kawabata over this past weekend. In the last few days, I have been organizing my reading challenges for next year, and decided to get a jump start on women's history as well as a January group read in catching up on classics by reading Woolf. Although written ninety years ago, Woolf could be discussing the status of women authors ...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    2018-09-20
    “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” This is a highly charged feminist essay loaded with powerful rhetoric and words that demand to be heard. Virginia Woolf doesn’t ask for a lot really. She just wants a room of one’s own. Sounds simple enough but this room has far reaching implications. The room is space, space to grow, learn and write. Creativity is ...
  • 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,...
  • Violet wells
    2019-04-11
    First thing I'd like to say is I wish I could keep Virginia Woolf alive for all eternity so as to read her thoughts on other writers. My favourite parts of this book, reminding me of my love for The Common Reader, a handbook for how to write a creative review if ever there was one, were often when she discusses the female writers who came before her. Some fabulous insights on Austen (of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-07-07
    ”Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. Without that power probably the earth would be unknown. We should still be scratching the outlines of deer on the remains of mutton bones and bartering flints for sheep skins or whatever simple ornament took our unsophisticated taste. Supermen and Fingers of Destiny would never have existe...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2012-04-27
    A Room of One's Own, Virginia WoolfA 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 t...
  • Macy_Novels at Night
    2018-11-20
    I would give 6 stars if I could. What a wonderful reminder as a woman, what we are truly capable of! I believe that Virginia is looked at by some as a feminist that hates men and that is simply not true. She just wants a woman to be able to have the ability to live life to her fullest potential. I am grateful for a woman like Virginia, for bringing these issues to life and pushing women to be their very best. I agree with her statements that wome...
  • 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...
  • Kalliope
    2018-01-20
    May be if ‘i’ were androgynous, had five hundred a year and a good lock on my own room, ‘i’ would be able to write a truly fabulous review of this already well reviewed book. It would require imagining the room of reviews completely empty and with no tradition for me to draw upon.Or may be not, even with all those conditions present, 'i' still would not be able to.
  • 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...
  • Piyangie
    2017-03-29
    A brilliant book! I'm overwhelmed and find hard to compose my thoughts. But I must let them out here. The book or rather the essay contains Ms. Woolf's famous quote "a woman must have money and room of her own if she is to write fiction". Throughout the essay she emphasizes her point drawing many examples of women writers in comparison to their counterparts. When I dig deep into her meaning of the above quotation, I found that Ms. Woolf does not ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Paula Kalin
    2018-02-08
    Brilliant. Powerful.“How are we fallen! Fallen by mistaken rules,And Education’s more than Natures’s fools;Debarred from all improvements of the mind,And to be dull, expected and designed;And if someone would soar above the rest,With warmer fancy, and ambition pressed,So strong the opposing faction still appears,The hopes to thrive can ne’er outweigh the fears.”- Lady Winchilsea, born in 1661Quoted by Virginia Woolf5 out of 5 stars
  • 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...
  • Erin
    2019-07-18
    I have been mulling over what exactly I want to say about this important work that hasn't already been said. So I am just going to let Virginia Woolf do the talking. For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.(page 971 of my Kindle copy) Lock up your libraries if you like;but the...
  • Phrynne
    2018-01-25
    This book started its life as a series of lectures presented by Virginia Woolf at Cambridge University. What a great experience it must have been to hear her speaking. Her ideas are still solid to the present day and her writing style is wonderful.I think what I enjoyed most from A Room of One's Own was Woolf's logic and the examples she gave to prove her points. The fact that literature and all the arts were a man's domain for so long just becau...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-03-09
    Woman's Day ReadVirginia Woolf, in a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928, talked about "Women and Fiction" - which were subsequently collected and expanded into this book. Of course, Virginia being Virginia, any straightforward lecture from her was impossible to expect. So discussions about women and fiction became a talk about "A Room of One's Own" -...
  • 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...
  • Joseph Spuckler
    2012-07-23
    An interesting view from one of the twentieth centuries great writers. Woolf who never shied away from doing things differently again pushes the limits for her time. Woolf who was lucky enough to have a room of her own and a source of income looks at the past and her present and offers some thoughts. What if Shakespeare had an equally talented sister? Would we know her or would she have been married off or a servant? She also writes as a female n...
  • Gabrielle Dubois
    2018-01-03
    A Room on One's Own passionated me from the beginning to the end! I read it in French, and when you read my English, you understand why! the book in my left hand, and a pen in my right hand. I first started to write down the relevant passages and the reflections it inspired me when I realized that I was noticing almost each page written by Virginia Woolf!So, as I don’t want to bore you with a long paraphrase of Virginia’s text, I’ll rather ...
  • Tracey
    2019-03-27
    Well, once again Virginia Woolf has peeled back my thoughts and ideas, and as they lay open and receptive, she has filled them with her magnificent words, sentances and paragraphs.I don't read Virginia Woolf like I do my other books, even my beloved classics, but what I do is take my time to absorb completely what is being said. So a Woolf book will take me 2 or 3 times longer than another book of the same length.There is no 'plot' here, it is mo...
  • 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 ...