Flush, by Virginia Woolf. Harcourt, Brace, ©1933, printed 1947. Hardcover

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Seller: sevenmischief (540) 100%, Location: Hightstown, New Jersey, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 143073215932 Flush, by Virginia Woolf. Harcourt, Brace, ©1933, printed 1947. Hardcover, 5½” x 8¼”, 185 pages. Dust jacket in fair condition. Book is in very good condition. Not an ex-library book. Decorative endpapers. Includes frontispiece. Price markings on front flyleaf. Binding is tight – no loose or missing pages. Text is clean – no marks, tears, or creases. Will send detailed photos if requested. From Wikipedia: “An imaginative biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cocker spaniel, is a cross-genre blend of fiction and nonfiction by Virginia Woolf published in 1933. Written after the completion of her emotionally draining The Waves, the work returned Woolf to the imaginative consideration of English history that she had begun in Orlando: A Biography, and to which she would return in Between the Acts. Commonly read as a modernist consideration of city life seen through the eyes of a dog, Flush serves as a harsh criticism of the supposedly unnatural ways of living in the city. The figure of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the text is often read as an analogue for other female intellectuals, like Woolf herself, who suffered from illness, feigned or real, as a part of their status as female writers. Most insightful and experimental are Woolf's emotional and philosophical views verbalised in Flush's thoughts. As he spends more time with Barrett Browning, Flush becomes emotionally and spiritually connected to the poet and both begin to understand each other despite their language barriers. For Flush smell is poetry, but for Barrett Browning, poetry is impossible without words. In Flush Woolf examines the barriers that exist between woman and animal created by language yet overcome through symbolic actions. The book, due to its subject matter, has often been considered one of her less serious artistic endeavours, however she uses her distinctive stream of consciousness style to experiment with a non-human perspective. For material, Woolf drew primarily on Barrett Browning's two poems on the dog and on the published correspondence of the poet and her husband, Robert Browning. From this material, Woolf creates a biography that works on three levels. It is overtly a biography of a dog's life. Since this dog is of interest primarily for its owner, the work is also an impressionistic biography of Elizabeth Barrett during the most dramatic years of her life. At this level, Flush mostly recapitulates the romantic legend of Barrett Browning's life: early confinement by a mysterious illness and a doting but tyrannical father; a passionate romance with an equally talented poet; an elopement that permanently estranges the father, but which allows Barrett Browning to find happiness and health in Italy. On a third level, the book gives Woolf an opportunity to return to some of her most frequent topics: the glory and misery of London; the Victorian mindset; class differences; and the ways in which women oppressed by "fathers and tyrants" may find freedom.”

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