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Monday, April 13, 2009
A CRITICAL MEMOIR
Cassandra Editions 1978 Published by Academy Press Limited
This is a critical memoir that can still be found in used book stores. This is not about the private life of Virginia Woolf, although it is autobiographical from Woolf's point of view. It is about Woolf's intentions and effects, about the inner lives of her characters that concern Holtby. As a common reader, I found Holtby's overview of how and why Woolf needed to change the structure of the novel when she did, not only an exciting notion, but one that had appealed to my own desire to experiment with the traditional matrix shape, as a printmaker, back in the 60s - long before I knew much about Virginia Woolf. For those interested in the creative process and development of this novelist's experimental methods, this one is a very good read.