Why this book?
Almost a hundred years ago, Woolf asked why there were so few women writers. Countering the answers offered by men, that women lacked the brains and knowledge, she set out the real obstacles. They needed a room with a lock and an independent income. Her essay, beautifully written, summarizes the British women writers before Austen, leading up to the decisive moment in the history of literature, an event she claimed was more important even than the Crusades or the War of the Roses: “The middle-class woman began to write.”
A Room Of One's Own
Why should I read it?
3 authors picked A Room Of One's Own as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.