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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 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 Scholars from the UK and the US use previously unpublished archival materials and new methodological frameworks to explore the relationships forged by the Woolfs via the Press and to gauge the impact of their editorial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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List of Figures
A Hogarth Press Timeline
Introduction, Helen Southworth
PART ONE 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. Delafi eld and Cultural Hierarchies in Interwar Britain, Melissa Sullivan
3. 'Woolfs' in Sheep's Clothing: the Hogarth Press and 'Religion'
Diane F. Gillespie
PART TWO Global Bloomsbury
4. The Hogarth Press and Networks of Anti-Colonialism, Anna Snaith
5. William Plomer, Transnational Modernism and the Hogarth Press, John K. Young
6. The Writer, the Prince and the Scholar: Virginia Woolf, D. S. Mirsky, and Jane Harrison's Translation from Russian of The Life of the Archpriest Avvakum, by Himself - a Revaluation of the Radical Politics of the Hogarth Press, Jean Mills
PART THREE Marketing Other Modernisms
7. On or About December 1928 the Hogarth Press Changed: E. McKnight Kauffer, Art, Markets and the Hogarth Press 1928-39, 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 best seller': The Woolfs' Professional Relationship with Vita Sackville-West, Stephen Barkway
Appendix: The Hogarth Press: Vita Sackville-West's Publications
List of Contributors

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).


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