This vital study inspires one to reread Woolf’s diaries with special attention to outside influences that helped shape her writing.

[A] readable, insightful, and beautifully-informed examination of Woolf’s early diaries.

Lounsberry ultimately helps us see, through her close attention to what she calls the first three phases in Woolf’s diary-keeping, how the Virginia Woolf we know actually became that writer. This book is foundational, one the rest of us will depend on for a long time.
--Woolf Studies Annual

Lounsberry’s imaginative style contributes to the elucidation of the text . . . [her] scholarship is to be commended.
--Virginia Woolf Miscellany

Provides an especially helpful guide to Woolf’s development as a writer through her diaries . . . . a significant contribution to the discussion of Woolf’s work.
--English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

Absorbing . . . like the diaries themselves.
--Times Literary Supplement