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Becoming Virginia WoolfHer Early Diaries and the Diaries She Read$
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Barbara Lounsberry

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049915

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049915.001.0001

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Early Diary Influences

Early Diary Influences

(p.11) 1 Early Diary Influences
Becoming Virginia Woolf

Barbara Lounsberry

University Press of Florida

Chapter 1 explores Woolf’s first extant diary at age fourteen: her 1897 Diary, including her brief use of a diary alter ego, “Miss Jan.” The chapter reveals how early others’ diaries flow through the young girl’s mind and shape, not only her first diary, but also her future public prose. Sir Walter Scott and Fanny Burney are shown to be Woolf’s diaristic father and mother. Samuel Pepys’s celebrated diary, read at age 15, becomes a lifelong influence. The Journals of William Johnson Cory, the Victorian poet, beloved master of Eton and fellow at King’s College, Cambridge, show Woolf the British male public school and university life she is missing—and much more.

Keywords:   Walter Scott, Fanny Burney, Samuel Pepys, William Johnson Cory, Miss Jan, Woolf's first extant diary

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