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Virginia Woolf, the War Without, the War WithinHer Final Diaries and the Diaries She Read$
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Barbara Lounsberry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056937

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056937.001.0001

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Tightness & Struggle

Tightness & Struggle

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(p.138) 5 Tightness & Struggle
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Virginia Woolf, the War Without, the War Within
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Barbara Lounsberry

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056937.003.0005

In May 1935, the Woolfs view Nazi Germany first hand. Woolf's 1935 diary reveals the three daunting challenges she now faces; it also showcases her great courage and effort as she seeks to counter each negation with a book. However, her inner artistic battle involves a creeping tightness. She wants to keep loose (and supple) even as she tightens The Years. Is this possible? Her diary, as usual, helps her; she turns to other diaries as well. In September, as Mussolini prepares to pounce on Abyssinia, Woolf reads first a country doctor's (Dr. John Salter’s) diary for the years 1849 to 1932 and then a literary critic’s (John Bailey's Letters and Diaries, 1861–1931). She reads, in short, male voices across “the years,” as chronicled in her novel. She enters into a dialogue with these diarists in her public works.

Keywords:   1935 Diary, Nazi Germany, Mussolini, Abyssinia (Ethiopia), Dr. John Salter, John Bailey, The Years

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