The Common Reader

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Vanessa Bell, dust jacket of "The Common Reader"

Source: Bruce Peel Library

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The Common Reader




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Woolf's collections of essays published by the Press, The Common Reader takes Samuel Johnson's phrase and refashions it for the modernist period. Now often discussed and well-known, this collection of essays consists of some purpose- written essays and some of Woolf's reviews for the TLS and other literary periodicals. Like all of Woolf's works by this time, it was a great publishing success and required a second impression in the same year.