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UI Press book takes new look at Virginia Woolf

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Literary work of the 16th and 17th centuries had a profound influence in making Virginia Woolf one of the pioneers of literary modernism in the 20th century, according to a new book from the University of Iowa Press.

"Virginia Woolf's Renaissance: Woman Reader or Common Reader?" by Juliet Dusinberre, argues that Woolf found some of the keys to her own revolt against the 19th century in the literary forms, such as the essay and the personal letter and diary, perfected in the Elizabethan era.

Woolf, the author of the modern classics, "To the Lighthouse" and "A Room of One's Own," emerges as more radical, energetic and socially aware than traditional interpretations have presented her.

Carefully following Woolf's connections to Michel de Montaigne, Samuel Pepys, John Donne, John Bunyan, Dorothy Osborne, and Madame de Sevigne, Dusinberre explores Woolf's efforts to create a literary Renaissance for herself and for all women.

Juliet Dusinberre is a Fellow in English at Girton College, Cambridge. She is the author of "Shakespeare and the Nature of Women," and "Alice to the Lighthouse."

"Virginia Woolf's Renaissance: Woman Reader or Common Reader?" is available at bookstores nationwide for $29.95 clothbound and $14.95 in paperback. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).

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