Bennett and Woolf

Margaret Drabble says that “the question of class is at the heart of the opposition of [Virginia] Woolf and [Arnold] Bennett, and it has little to do with feminism” (May 13), and this might well seem so to any reader of the well-known essay “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown”, with its certainly “embarrassing” portrait of … Read more

Not afraid of Virginia Woolf

“Please treat me with perfect frankness, like the dead”, Virginia Woolf wrote to Winifred Holtby in March 1931. Holtby, herself an established novelist, journalist and activist, was writing a study of Woolf’s fiction; it would be the first book of its kind published in English. Woolf was wary of such projects – “I must not … Read more