Virginia Woolf: The Common Reader

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The Common Reader was published in April 1925, just one month before Mrs. Dalloway, but Woolf had first conceived the project of collecting the best of her reviews and articles into a volume already in 1920, as soon as she had completed her first experimental novel, Jacob’s Room. The reasons for such a long process of composition were several and complex, and connected both to the form and meaning that she wanted to impart to the volume and to Woolf’s writing method: she started working intensely on The Common Reader in 1922, in parallel with Mrs. Dalloway, thus inaugurating her technique of composing two different texts at the same time.

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Prudente, Teresa. "The Common Reader". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 February 2010
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