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A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.
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By Seth H. Wilson on 07-15-13

Required reading for literary critics, feminists,

What did you love best about A Room of One's Own?

I love Virginia Woolf's ability to build a scene, or series of scenes, around a metaphor. The book opens in fictional Oxbridge, a conflation of Oxford and Cambridge, where Woolf's (or the narrator's--are they the same person?) journey from an opulent men-only college to the down-at-heel women's college of Fernham perfectly captures societal views towards women and education. The scenes aren't rigid enough to qualify as allegory; rather, they allow the reader to explore the ideas from a number of angles.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Though ostensibly a work of non-fiction, A Room of One's Own is replete with fictional characters, all metaphors or allegories to explore different facets of women and literature, women in literature, and literature by women. She posits a theoretical Judith Shakespeare, for example, sister to the famed playwright, to demonstrate why even a woman with tremendous talent and dedication often cannot succeed as a writer.

Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I can't recall any of Juliet Stevenson's other work, but I can say that her voice perfectly fits the tone of A Room of One's Own. She lends the material the dignity it deserved, and yet also captures Woolf's occasional whimsical flourishes perfectly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not even going to attempt to answer this question. For one thing, the audience for such a film would be so tiny that even the most intrepid indie filmmaker would pass it over without a second thought. And while there might be certain scenes or vignettes that would translate beautifully to film, the highly theoretical nature of the book would not work well on screen.

Any additional comments?

I recently attempted reading Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse, her stream-of-consciousness effort in the vein of James Joyce's Ulysses, and found it unpalatable. Modernist literature simply isn't to my taste. Yet I recognized her power as a writer.

A Room of One's Own is one of the finest pieces of non-fiction I've read. I happen to be an aspiring literary critic and also, dare I say this as a man?, a feminist. Yet even forgoing all that, Woolf's powerful prose, and also her ability to temper her words with restraint, is beautiful to read.

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By Dandylion on 09-11-14

Big Bad Woolf

I can not express how much I loved this book , there are no words that do not pale in comparison to the strength,integrity and humor of this delight.
I fell I'm tarnishing the alphabet by writing this review but I need to say that one Juliet Stevenson should read every book she is amazing ,her voice gives such gravity to Virginia wisdom and two the fact that a woman was fighting for her sex's rights back in her day and age makes me proud to be a woman and a feminist . In my time where the word feminism has become something to hide or be ashamed take strength form this book , it will make you scream your a feminist from the roof tops ..

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By carole on 03-22-16

Empathetic , intelligent reading

This has to be the most intelligent reading of A Room of Ones Own, Ms Juliet Stevensons reading has an uncanny 'Woolf ' voice, she has a delivery which is incredibly accurate, unlike some 'readers' she understands, dare I say, seems to love Virginia Woolf's words and her intonation, timing, is absolute perfection. Anything Ms Stevenson reads is done with impeccable delivery, a joy to share.

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By Kelly on 05-05-15

Timeless classic

A timeless classic... Still resonates today. Excellent narration. Be yourself, women express your creative energy and do not give up.

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By Heather on 03-08-17


As relevant and topical today as it was when first written. Thoroughly enjoyable and beautifully written, I have listened many times over and found myself thinking about it long after.

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