Flush – A biography
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- Alma Books ISBN 9781847498106
- 111 pages
- 19.8 × 12.8 × 1.2 cm
Written after Woolf had finished her emotionally draining work on The Waves, Flush purports to be an autobiography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s eponymous cocker spaniel, charting the dog’s early days in the countryside, his adoption by the famous poet, his subsequent life in London and his travels with his owners to Italy.
While the resulting narrative is light-hearted and playful on the surface, Woolf ingeniously uses the faux-naif impressions of her animal narrator to voice her social criticism on topics such as the class system and the relationship between man and woman. Much like its predecessor Orlando, Flush is a genre-defying blend of biography and fantasy, and an accessible yet stylistically innovative jeu d’esprit.“
Virginia Woolf was a novelist, cultural critic and publisher and the author of such groundbreaking novels as To the Lighthouse, The Years and Mrs Dalloway. Woolf is one of the most important and innovative writers of the 20th century and her essays include the canonical feminist text A Room of One’s Own.