Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway

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  • John Mepham (Kingston University)

Mrs Dalloway was written between 1922 and 1924 and was published in May 1925. It is a classic of English modernist fiction, one of the most enduringly admired of Virginia Woolf's works. Its reception on publication was highly positive, both friends and reviewers treating it with great respect as a book that is innovative in technique, thought provoking in its treatment of serious issues and moving in its depiction of character. It was published just one month after Woolf's The Common Reader, a collection of her essays, and the two books together were both more commercially successful than anything she had done before and established her reputation as a major modernist writer.

Before she wrote Mrs Dalloway, W…

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Mepham, John. "Mrs Dalloway". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
[, accessed 30 June 2015.]

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