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Mrs Dalloway

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway, published in 1925.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway. First published in 1925, it charts a single day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a prosperous member of London society, as she prepares to throw a party. Writing in her diary during the writing of the book, Woolf explained what she had set out to do: 'I want to give life and death, sanity and insanity. I want to criticize the social system, and to show it at work at its most intense.' Celebrated for its innovative narrative technique and distillation of many of the preoccupations of 1920s Britain, Mrs Dalloway is now seen as a landmark of twentieth-century fiction, and one of the finest products of literary modernism.


Professor Dame Hermione Lee
President of Wolfson College, Oxford

Jane Goldman
Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow

Kathryn Simpson
Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Thu 3 Jul 2014 21:30


Hermione Lee


Jane Goldman at the University of Glasgow


Kathryn Simpson at Cardiff Metropolitan University


The International Virginia Woolf Society


The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain


About Virginia Woolf Selected Papers


How Should One Read A Book?


A Room of One's Own


Mrs Dalloway - Wikipedia





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Michael Cunningham, The Hours (Fourth Estate, 2003)


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Virginia Woolf (ed. David Bradshaw), Selected Essays (1st edition 1926, reprinted Oxford University Press 2008)


Virginia Woolf (ed. Morag Shiach), A Room of One’s Own (1st edition 1929, reprinted Oxford University Press 2008)


Virginia Woolf (ed. Stella McNichol), Mrs Dalloway’s Party: A Short Story Sequence (Vintage, 2010)



Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Hermione Lee
Interviewed Guest Jane Goldman
Interviewed Guest Kathryn Simpson
Producer Thomas Morris


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