Book Excerpts

There is No Bolt That You Can Set Upon the Freedom of My Mind – Virginia Woolf

"Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others," wrote Virginia Woolf in her essay on the role of women in literature, A Room of One's Own. Published in 1929 and based on two talks she gave at women's colleges at the University of Cambridge the previous… Continue reading There is No Bolt That You Can Set Upon the Freedom of My Mind – Virginia Woolf

Literature, Short Stories

The Death of the Moth and the Pure Bead of Life

This evocative essay by Virginia Woolf chronicles the short life and quick death of a moth that was fluttering by her window one day as she worked. Initially mesmerized by the movements of the creature, Woolf confesses to feelings of pity for his 'zest in enjoying his meagre opportunities to the full.' But she also… Continue reading The Death of the Moth and the Pure Bead of Life