Rarely is a study such as this so delicious to read. . . . [It] is a treasure, the well-wrought sentences gems to be turned over and over in the mind, each facet cause for lengthy contemplation, from details on Woolf’s writing life, her experiments, and her use of the form of the diary to work out ideas for her fiction as well as support her writing psyche.
Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this volume is a love letter for all scholars of Woolf and modernism, and for neophytes interested in the aegis of Woolf’s distinctive style. . . . Essential.
An ambitious project that significantly advances our understanding of Woolf’s development as a diarist and a professional writer.
--English Literature in Transition
Lounsberry’s years of meditation on her material can be felt. . . . In the passionate diary-reader we find here, Barbara Lounsberry has brought to life one more Virginia Woolf.
--Times Literary Supplement
Convincingly situates the diary as an integral part of Woolf’s developing modernist aesthetic, and as a work worthy of study in its own right.
--Woolf Studies Annual