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March 2014 – Woolf

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Published in 1925, this is a novel that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post-World War 1 England. It is one of Virginia Woolf’s best known novels. Created from two short stories, ‘Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street’ and the unfinished ‘The Prime Minister’, the novel’s story is of Clarissa’s preparations for a party of which she is to be hostess.

The story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters’ minds to construct an image of Clarissa’s life and of the inter-war social structure.