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A Haunted House and Other Short Stories (original 1944; edition 2002)

by Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf (Foreword)

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Title:A Haunted House and Other Short Stories
Authors:Virginia Woolf
Other authors:Leonard Woolf (Foreword)
Info:Mariner Books (2002), Edition: 1, Paperback, 168 pages
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I should admit: I've never particularly cared for Woolf's writing. And, truthfully and likewise, much of this work didn't impress me at all--simply, I was bored and only reading to read. But, the first story made me take notice enough that I was determined to finish the work, and in the end I'm glad I did. The first story, "A Haunted House", is a short story that carries all of the ambiguity for which we love haunted house stories such as Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House. And, as I got further into the collection, there were other stories which I really found marvelous, envisioned and written in the vein of Henry James.

I believe that, in many cases, it's Woolf's characters that have ruined her works for me. I generally find them to be either conceited or boring, and so their quiet stories leave me numb to any interest in her work. And, truthfully, I felt the same about many of the stories here. The saving graces, though, which I would recommend to any reader who'll enjoy that well-done, graceful, and tantalizing short story they come across, include: "A Haunted House", "Lappin and Lapinova", "Solid Objects", and "The Lady in the Looking-Glass". I've no doubt that I'll be repeatedly revisiting and rereading these four stories, and finding them was more than worth the journey I undertook through the full collection. ( )
2 vote whitewavedarling | Jan 22, 2013 |
Inconsistent, which is what one would expect from a posthumous collection. Six of these stories were collected in Woolf's lifetime, six were published in magazines, and six were collected here from unpublished (and mostly unfinished) manuscripts and notes. The magazine stories are by far the best of the 18. A worthwhile collection for a Woolf scholar or serious fan, but, by and large, I'd recommend most people stick to Woolf's novels. ( )
  TheBentley | Jan 16, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156028034, Paperback)

Virginia Woolf’s intention to publish her short stories is carried out in this volume, posthumously collected by her husband, Leonard Woolf. Containing six of eight stories from Monday or Tuesday, seven that appeared in magazines, and five other stories, the book makes available Virginia Woolf’s shorter works of fiction. Foreword by Leonard Woolf.

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Contains six of eight stories from "Monday or Tuesday", seven that have appeared in magazines either in England or America, and five other stories.

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