London: The Hogarth Press, 1953.
First Edition. Signed by Leonard Woolf. First Edition. Signed. A WRITER'S DIARY. Signed & Dated by Leonard Woolf: The Hogarth Press, London, 1953. First Edition. 8vo., 312pp. Edited, with a preface by Leonard Woolf.
Inscribed on the ffe.: “Though actually the gift of Patrick Pritchard, I ventured to sign it as an editorial offering to Iris Birtwistle Leonard Woolf, Christmas. 1953”.
Presumably one of his house copies in orange cloth, gilt titles to the spine that he gave as a gift.
Also included in the book is a postcard addressed to Miss Birtwistle dated January 26, 1954 from Mrs. Patrick Pritchard from Surrey: “Have you seen page 346 of V. Woolf’s book – 10th line form the bottom refers to Dee?” [That page talks about the recent bombings in London and mentions Patrick Pritchard and others.]
Iris Mary Birtwistle was a poet and gallery owner. George Pritchard was a solicitor who, as the story goes gave the collection of letters he kept at home by Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, Leslie Stephen, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes letters and others to his son Patrick Prichard, who passed them on to his wife who later sold them all to a dealer in New York City which caused some unpleasant controversy about their provenance according to Leonard Woolf’s biography.
A WRITER'S DIARY Reveals glimpses of Virginia Woolf & essential for an understanding of her writing methods & how her thought process influenced her life & relationships. It was not until Woolf's full Diaries were published that they were recognized, with her letters as companion, as her literary masterpieces. Virginia Woolf kept her diaries from 1915 until her death in 1941. Her husband, Leonard Woolf, notes in his preface that her "diary gives for 27 years a consecutive record of what she did, of the people whom she saw and particularly of what she thought about those people, about herself, about life, and about the books she was writing or hoped to write." Leonard Woolf has here excerpted his wife's diaries from 1918 through 1941, including every reference his wife's diaries made to her own writing. The resulting book "throws light upon Virginia Woolf's intentions, objects, and methods as a writer. It gives an unusual psychological picture of artistic production from within." Kirkpatrick & Clarke A31a. A rare & desirable Association Copy.
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