Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

By Virginia Woolf

Direct and shiny in her account of Clarissa Dalloway’s arrangements for a celebration, Virginia Woolf explores the hidden springs of concept and motion in a single day of a woman’s lifestyles.


In Mrs. Dalloway, the radical on which the motion picture The Hours was once dependent, Virginia Woolf info Clarissa Dalloway’s arrangements for a celebration of which she is to be hostess, exploring the hidden springs of idea and motion in a single day of a woman’s existence. the unconventional "contains essentially the most attractive, complicated, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that on my own will be cause adequate to learn it. it really is some of the most relocating, innovative artistic endeavors of the 20th century" (Michael Cunningham).

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HISTORICAL EVENTS World War I. Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister. Easter Rising in Dublin. Huge death tolls at the battles of Verdun and the Somme. The Russian Revolution. In January the Suffrage bill is passed, giving women over thirty the vote (Woolf wrote ‘I don’t feel much more important — perhaps slightly so’). Armistice Day, 11 November. The Treaty of Versailles. Fascist revolution in Italy. Inflation in Germany. The General Strike, 3-12 May (Woolf was working on part 2 of To the Lighthouse, which was arguably influenced by it).

Mrs. Dalloway, coming to the window with her arms full of sweet peas, looked out with her little pink face pursed in enquiry. Every one looked at the motor car. Septimus looked. Boys on bicycles sprang off. Traffic accumulated. And there the motor car stood, with drawn blinds, and upon them a curious pattern like a tree, Septimus thought, and this gradual drawing together of everything to one centre before his eyes, as if some horror had come almost to the surface and was about to burst into flames, terrified him.

But for some reason, Woolf will acknowledge after having written Mrs Dalloway, ‘some distaste persisted’. That is why, perhaps, ‘there is some discrepancy in Clarissa herself’, as Lytton Strachey, the most demanding of Woolf’s friends, immediately remarked: ‘He thinks she is disagreeable and limited, but that I alternately laugh at her, and cover her, very remarkably, with myself… I remember the night at Rodmell when I decided to give it up, because I found Clarissa in some way tinselly. Then I invented her memories.

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