“There is a sadness at the back of life which some people do not attempt to mitigate. Entirely aware of their own standing in the shadow, and yet alive to every tremor and gleam of existence, there they endure.”
‘The Common Reader’ is a collection of essays that, as the title suggests, is for the common reader — the one who reads for pleasure’s sake. Shedding academic language and the high brow style, Virginia Woolf explores authors like Jane Austen and George Eliot and tackles topics such as Modern Fiction and the Common Readers themselves.
Witty, brazen and intelligent, Woolf makes the reader feel included as were they participants in these very analyzes.
Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an English writer who, despite growing up in a progressive household, was not allowed an education. When she and her sister moved in with their brothers in a rough London neighborhood, they joined the infamous The Bloomsbury Group, which debated philosophy, art and politics. Woolf’s most famous novels include ‘Mrs Dalloway’ (1925) and ‘To the Lighthouse’ (1927).