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Virginia Woolf's Flush: A Biography 1977-8


Title: Flush: A Biography
Author: Virginia Woolf
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1977-8
Format: Softcover
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear. Discolouration and some creases to cover, small name and date inscription to top of first page, otherwise tanned but clean pages.

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Reader's note

Flush: A Biography, an imaginative biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cocker spaniel, is a cross-genre blend of fiction and nonfiction by Virginia Woolf. Commonly read as a modernist consideration of city life seen through the eyes of a dog, Flush serves as a harsh criticism of the supposedly unnatural ways of living in the city. The figure of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the text is often read as an analogue for other female intellectuals, like Woolf herself, who suffered from illness, feigned or real, as a part of their status as female writers. Most insightful and experimental are Woolf's emotional and philosophical views verbalised in Flush's thoughts. As he spends more time with Barrett Browning, Flush becomes emotionally and spiritually connected to the poet and both begin to understand each other despite their language barriers. For Flush smell is poetry, but for Barrett Browning, poetry is impossible without words. In Flush Woolf examines the barriers that exist between woman and animal created by language yet overcome through symbolic actions. Read on in this vintage 1977 edition; a gem among a bounty of stunning vintage books and classic novels on our online used bookstore.