On Being Ill: With Notes from Sick Rooms by Julia Stephen (Paperback)

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By Virginia Woolf, Hermione Lee (Introduction by), Mark Hussey (Introduction by)
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This new publication of On Being Ill with Notes from Sick Rooms presents Virginia Woolf and her mother Julia Stephen in textual conversation for the first time in literary history. In the poignant and humorous essay On Being Ill, Virginia Woolf observes that though illness is a part of every human being's experience, it is not celebrated as a subject of great literature in the way that love and war are embraced by writers and readers. We must, Woolf says, invent a new language to describe pain. Illness, she observes, enhances our perceptions and reduces self-consciousness; it is "the great confessional." Woolf discusses the taboos associated with illness and she explores how it changes our relationship to the world around us. Notes from Sick Rooms addresses illness from the caregiver's perspective. With clarity, humor, and pathos, Julia Stephen offers concrete and useful information to caregivers today.

Originally published by Paris Press in 2002 as On Being Ill, this paperback edition includes an introduction to Notes from Sick Rooms and to Julia Stephen by Mark Hussey, the founding editor of Woolf Studies Annual, and a poignant afterword by Rita Charon, MD, the founder of the field of Narrative Medicine. Hermione Lee's brilliant introduction to On Being Ill is a superb introduction to Virginia Woolf's life and writing. This book is embraced by the general public, the literary world, and the medical world.

About the Author

Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941) is one of the great literary geniuses of the twentieth century. Her innovative fiction and essays are revered by readers around the world. She was a central member of the Bloomsbury group and a groundbreaking feminist, publishing book-length essays ("A Room of One's Own" and "Three Guineas") that continue to changes the lives of women today. Woolf's most popular novels include "To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, " and "Orlando: A Biography." When she was not writing, she operated Hogarth Press with her husband, Leonard Woolf. She typeset the original Hogarth Press edition of "On Being Ill."

Hermione Lee (1948 - ) is the acclaimed author of "Virginia Woolf" (Knopf 1997). She is President of Wolfson College, University of Oxford, England. Her other books include "Biography: A Very Short Introduction," "Edith Wharton: A Life Saved Up," "Body Parts: Essays on Life-Writing," "Willa Cather: A Life Saved Up, Philip Roth, " and "The Novels of Virginia Woolf, " among others. Lee has also edited and compiled numerous anthologies and editions of writers such as Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf, Stevie Smith, Elizabeth Bowen, Willa Cather, and Eudora Welty.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781930464131
ISBN-10: 1930464134
Publisher: Paris Press
Publication Date: November 6th, 2012
Pages: 122
Language: English