“What does the brain matter compared with the heart?”: First American Edition of Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
Item Number: 2920
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1925.
First American edition of one of Woolf’s best-known novels. Octavo, original orange cloth. Light rubbing to the bottom cloth, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small chips. One of the nicest examples of this title we have seen.
"In Mrs. Dalloway Woolf breaks decisively with the fictional conventions of the realistic novel. The technique is almost orchestral, introducing and then interweaving the strains of the different characters’ thoughts, and finally engineering, through a subtle sequence of readjustments and realignments, a new and delicate harmony between them at the close of the book. Mrs. Dalloway thus initiated Woolf’s sequence of radical experiments with literary form, embodying a striking combination of fluid sympathy and secret resistance. Through the novel’s rapid transitions between apparently disconnected, but secretly related stories, Woolf was able to suggest the hazards of neatly pigeonholing human character according to social situation or gender" (Parker, 110-11). in 2005 it was included on Time's list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. It was adapted to the 1997 film starring Vanessa Redgrave in the title role.