VIRGINIA WOOLF: AN ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHY -- equal parts concision, compassion, and unsentimental reverence
Library of Luminaries: Virginia Woolf: An Illustrated Biography by Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford (2016, Chronicle)
Imagine a short but complete biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and creative thinkers, Virginia Woolf, a book filled with beautiful watercolors illustrating the handwritten words that celebrate her life. This is that book, an extraordinary beautiful piece of art and literature that we can enjoy thanks to Chronicle Books.
The book belongs to the Library of Luminaries series, a collection of books about luminaries in history in relatively short but always beautifully illustrated volumes offered in an appealing, medium-sized square hardback format that brings a different point of view to the book. You won't find dense text in it, but you will be able to take your time to delight in information about Virginia's family tree, for example, quotes from her letters and diaries, or information about her group of friends, the Bloomsbury group she helped form. The illustrated biography also features little details like her nickname for her husband, or about how slowly her first novel sold, information about what she kept on her desk, and portions of the note she left her husband before she ended her own life.
This book is a treasure for everyone, and especially for those who love Virginia Woolf, biographies, woman’s history and beautiful watercolors. Read it!
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