Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own manuscript

One of the key texts in the history of shedworking is writer and shedworker Virginia Woolf's 1929 essay, A Room of One's Own based on a lecture she gave at the University of Cambridge in 1928. Although you can buy it in book form, the University of Cambridge Digital Library has made her autograph manuscript of her transformation of the text from lecture to essay available to the public online. It's an intriguing read as you can see in the embed below. Here's what the library says about it:

The autograph manuscript shows Virginia Woolf starting and restarting sentences, crossing out, adding revisions and new ideas between the lines, in the margins, and on the blank pages. She worked so fast that when she came to prepare a typescript for the publisher, she found it hard to decipher what she had written, noting in her diary that ‘I used to make it up at such a rate that when I got pen & paper I was like a water bottle turned upside down. The writing was as quick as my hand could write; too quick, for I am now toiling to revise’.


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