This prize-winning biography, newly revised, sees Virginia Woolf as she saw herself. The first to set out the private life behind the well-known facts of her public career, A Writer's Life rocks back and forth between memories and art to reveal an explorer of 'the infinite oddity of the human position'. Instead of the doom-and-death often imposed on women of genius, here is the robust walker and seeker for what was fertile in her intimacies, in women's nature, and in resistance to power. This edition brings out her ideas for biography itself: to fall on a life 'like a roll of heavy waters...laying bare the pebbles on the shore of the soul'.
'Lyndall Gordon must be one of the most accomplished literary biographers of this generation... Outstanding and stimulating... Excellent treatment of the woman and her art' British Book News 'sensitive and original' Hermione Lee, TES 'At last the most filigree of artists is given the substance that several decades of anecdotage and gossip have trivialised' Roger Lewis, Punch 'a most perceptive book which greatly adds to our knowledge and understanding' London Magazine
Author of the prizewinning biographies ELIOT'S EARLY YEARS, ELIOT'S NEW LIFE and VIRGINIA WOOLF: A WRITER'S LIFE. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Lyndall received her doctorate from Columbia University and is a fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford.