Leonard Woolf (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
544
Utgivningsdatum
2007-09-01
Upplaga
New ed
Förlag
Simon & Schuster
Illustrationer
16 pp picture section
Dimensioner
198 x 130 x 37 mm
Vikt
380 g
ISBN
9781416526070
Leonard Woolf (häftad)

Leonard Woolf

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Many people today know Leonard Woolf mainly through the surname of his wife, Virginia, or his role in supporting her through her mental illness, depicted in films like The Hours. Some critics see him as his wife's oppressor. In Victoria Glendinning's biography, for the first time we see the whole man. As well as being a prominent member of the Bloomsbury group, Leonard was a formidable figure in his own right, first as an innovative civil administrator in Ceylon, then as a writer, leading light of the Fabian society and publisher of TS Eliot, EM Forster, Robert Graves, Katherine Mansfield and of course Virginia Woolf. He was interested in everything and knew everybody. The achievement of Glendinning's book is to make its readers wish that they knew him too.
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  1. Jag gillar ju biografier och den här var mycket...
    Nils Weijdegård, 15 maj 2013

    Jag gillar ju biografier och den här var mycket intressant. Chockerande var att Leonard Woolf hade släktingar och ingifta släktingar som begått självmord. Virginia dog ju för egen hand. Det fick mig att ana något samband - människor med dödsdrift dras till varandra??? Å andra sidan var Leonard W knappast suicidbenägen.. Men även i övrigt var det en bra bok om en intressant människa

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"Leonard Woolf has found the ideal biographer in Victoria Glendinning. Scintillating, subtle and wise, she lifts him out of the fog of Bloomsbury gossip and lets us see how various and remarkable he was in his own right." -- Claire Tomalin, author of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self 'It needed a biography as compelling as this to bring out Woolf's full stature. Many will rate this as Glendinning's finest biography, for there is not a page that does not contain something of interest or surprise' Frances Spalding, Independent 8/9 'Leonard Woolf contains the qualities that Woolf himself admired and possessed: truthfulness, integrity and rationality. With her compelling account, Glendinning has done a great service to Woolf by refusing to simplify a complex life' Christopher Ondaatje, the Times Higher 1/9 'An absorbing read ... It is as if Glendinning has removed a low-wattage bulb and replaced it with a brighter one, shining her lamp on to Leonard. She succeeds in throwing his lean profile more sharply into view' Independent on Sunday 10/9 'Glendinning - shrewd, admiring, affectionately teasing, occasionally reproachful - achieves that almost impossible feat: a fascinating portrait of a man without sin' Christopher Hudson, Daily Mail 8/9 'Victoria Glendinning always writes concisely and her densely peopled narrative is pointed and easy to follow. She has an eye for detail' Peter Washington, Literary Review Sept issue 'Her deft writing and striking sympathy for her subject make this a landmark biography' Observer 27/8 'Being Virginia Woolf's husband is what made him famous, but Leonard Woolf was more than that. When I read his memoirs in the 1960s I decided that he was an exemplary figure; balanced yet passionate, practical, generous and wise. Victoria Glendinning's biography fills out the picture with a brilliant lightness of touch that takes into account the darknesses and depths of this remarkable man' Claire Tomalin, Book of the Week, Guardian 16/9 'As this marvellous biography makes plain, Woolf's achievements were admirable and considerable' Jeremy Lewis, 4 stars Mail on Sunday 17/9 'It was high time for a biography of Leonard Woolf, the forgotten man at the heart of Bloomsbury, who died in 1969. His contribution to politics, publishing and journalism, his distinction as a writer and thinker, his influence not just on his circle but on the public life of Britain in the first half of the 20th Century, all faded into the shadows as more and more attention was drawn towards Virginia, his brilliant, troubled wife. Now, he at last gets what he has long deserved: a full account of his life by an accomplished and sympathetic biographer ... excellent, authoritative and balanced' Sunday Telegraph 17/9 'Victoria Glendinning, a most experienced British biographer, has, yes, proved the case for yet one more Bloomsbury biography ... she has constructed a meticulous but vivid portrait' The Economist 16/9 'Glendinning's generous biography does not ignore that Woolf could be grumpy and was too often cheese-paring, but her account does justice to his range of passions, his literary and political contributions and, above all, his human goodness - he was a man who knew how to live' New Statesman 18/9 'In Virginia Woolf's oft-told saga of suffering, her husband, Leonard, has mostly been allocated a minor role, and has not escaped criticism. Was he, her acolytes have asked, a fitting partner for her genius? Was he at all to blame when Virginia drowned herself in March 1941? Victoria Glendinning's searching, sympathetic biography returns a firm yes to the first question and no to the second' John Carey, Sunday Times 24/9 'I suppose an unfriendly critic might suggest that a full-fig biography of Leonard Woolf is a scraping of the Bloomsbury barrel. How wrong that critic would be' Daily Telegraph 23/9 'The test of a skilfully written book is whether its story grips from beginning to end. I never noticed the passage of time while I was re

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Victoria Glendinning is the award-winning biographer of Elizabeth Bowen, Leonard Woolf, Anthony Trollope, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, Rebecca West and Jonathan Swift. Her novels, The Grown-Ups, Electricity and Flight, were critical and commercial successes. She divides her time between London, Provence and Ireland.