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Adept Sailing before the Storm

Barbara Lounsberry

in Virginia Woolf, the War Without, the War Within

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2018 | ISBN: 9780813056937
Published online January 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780813053790 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813056937.003.0003
Adept Sailing before the Storm

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Woolf's next two diary books, her 1932 diary and her 1933–34 diary, help her to navigate the difficult strait between the outer and the inner conflicts. She needs these diaries’ support, for, as the gathering outer storm forms, she faces both the strains of her inner artistic self and the loss of her friends. In late November of 1933, she consciously turns from the troubling outer world to the dual-voiced diary of Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper, the aunt and niece verse dramatists who published together under the name Michael Field. There, she finds not only lesbian playwrights and their trials but also the word “outsiders.” In February 1934, her response to a famous travel diary—Arthur Young’s Travels in France during the years 1787, 1788, 1789—shows her recoil from war.

Keywords: 1932 Diary; 1933 Diary; 1934 Diary; Michael Field; Katherine Bradley; Edith Cooper; Arthur Young

Chapter.  15396 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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