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by Virginia Woolf
Persephone book no:

54 55 56

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A Well Full of Leaves
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ISBN 9781903155455

Every publisher's list should have a book about a dog, and Flush is a delightful and unique classic by one of our greatest writers. A 'biography' of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spaniel (1840-54), its direct inspiration was a new edition, in 1930, of the Brownings' love letters in which 'the figure of their dog made me laugh so I couldn't resist making him a Life.' Rather to Virginia Woolf's dismay, Flush was a great popular success. Yet it is a surprisingly feminist book: 'Although ostensibly about the taming of a pedigree dog, Flush addresses the way society tames and classifies women,' writes Sally Beauman in the preface. 

Also available as a (free) e-book.

For more on Flush, have a look at the Persephone Perspective.


The endpaper we chose is a C19th marbled paper of the type that was then often used as endpapers. 'I loved, too, the edition's beautiful endpapers with the swirling Victorian designs in purple (the colour in which Virginia Woolf herself often wrote) that suggest the extremely ''bookish'' nature of this work.'

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Spaniel in a landscape by Samuel Spode, 1835

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A little masterpiece of comedy.

Andy via Instagram

A delightful little book, charming and funny but yet still full of the usual Woolf genius.

Categories: Biography Bloomsbury Social Comedy Teenagers (books for) Woman and Home

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