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Leonard and Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism

Edited by Helen Southworth

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This multi-authored volume, newly available in paperback, focuses on Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press (1917-1941). Scholars from the UK and the US use previously unpublished archival materials and new methodological frameworks to explore the relationships forged by the Woolfs via the Press and to gauge the impact of their editorial choices on writing and culture. Combining literary criticism, book history, biography and sociology, the chapters weave together the stories of the lesser known authors, artists and press workers with the canonical names linked to the press following a 'rich, dialogic' forum or network.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures
Introduction, Helen Southworth
A Hogarth Press Timeline
PART I: Class and Culture
1. 'W.H. Day Spender' Had a Sister: Joan Adeney Easdale, Mark Hussey
2. The Middlebrows of the Hogarth Press: Rose Macaulay, E.M. Delafield, and Cultural Hierarchies in Interwar Britain, Melissa Sullivan
3. Woolfs' in Sheep's Clothing: The Hogarth Press and 'Religion', Diane F. Gillespie
PART II: Global Bloomsbury
4. The Hogarth Press and Networks of Anti-Colonialism, Anna Snaith
5. William Plomer, the Hogarth Press, and Geomodernism, John K. Young
6. The Writer, the Prince, and the Scholar: Virginia Woolf, D.S. Mirsky, and Jane Harrison's Russian Translation of The Life of the Archpriest Avvakum, by Himself - a Re-Evaluation of the Radical Politics of the Hogarth Press, Jean Mills
PART III: Marketing Other Modernisms
7. On or about December 1928, the Hogarth Press Changed: E.McKnight Kauffer, Art Markets and the Hogarth Press 1928-1939, Elizabeth Willson Gordon
8. 'Going Over': The Woolfs, the Hogarth Press and Working-Class Voices, Helen Southworth
9. 'Oh Lord what it is to publish a bestseller': The Woolfs' Professional Relationship with Vita Sackville-West', Stephen Barkway
Notes on Contributors
Index.

About the Author

Helen Southworth is Associate Professor of Literature at Clark Honors College, University of Oregon. She is the author of The Intersecting Realities and Fictions of Virginia Woolf and Colette (Ohio State University Press, 2004) and the co-editor, with Elisa K. Sparks, of Woolf and the Art of Exploration: Selected Proceedings from the Fifteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (Clemson University Press, 2006).

Reviews

These essays catalyze a vital critical dialogue about how the "real" world of publishing and book production reflexively shaped the Woolfs’ aesthetic and political worldviews... important reading not just for Woolf critics, but also for those more generally interested in the history of the book, modernist publishing, network theory, and cultural studies.

- Alice Staveley, Stanford University, Woolf Studies Annual

Important reading not just for Woolf critics, but also for those more generally interested in the history of the book, modernist publishing, network theory, and cultural studies. And when its own dust jacket has long ago been discarded by those devourers of time (aka library shelving practices), these essays will remind us that what has been materially lost or hidden from view is well worth digging up, re-presenting, and crafting into new narratives that challenge the orthodox view.

- Woolf Studies Annual, Volume 18, 2012

A welcome and long-overdue examination...a valuable resource for scholarship on Virginia Woolf, modernist print culture, and modernist studies in general.

- Pamela L. Caughie, Archiv
Through its richly detailed contributions, wide in scope, Leonard and Virginia Woolf, the Hofarth Press and the Networks of Modernism demonstrates that vital forces for change include variegated strands of artistry and revolution, and that these strands cannot in the end be separated when we consider Leonard, Virginia and the Hogarth Press.
- Karen R. Daubert, Virginia Woolf Bulletin