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Book Title: Letters of Leonard Woolf|
The author of the book: Leonard Woolf
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Edition: Harvest Books
Date of issue: May 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780156508797
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As I finished reading the final letter in this collection, I wanted to scream "No! I want more!". I wanted to read more of Leonard's letters to his friends, to the authors he worked with when he was still active in the Hogarth Press, and letters he'd written to Trekkie Parsons. I was left with some questions: What did Ian Parsons actually feel about this later-life love affair between his wife and Leonard? Was he jealous? All that's said in the biographical section at the end of the book is that he and Leonard remained close friends until the end of Leonard's life. And what about Trekkie herself? Was she as deeply in love with Leonard as he was with her? I believe I'm going to have to read the biography I have of Leonard Woolf, by Victoria Glendinning (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...) to find out more. Of course, reading Leonard's own autobiography might reveal more as well.
When I began reading this book I said I was disappointed because the volume doesn't include all of Leonard's letters and ought to be called "The Selected Letters of Leonard Woolf". I'm still wanting more. But his letters do reveal much about his character that I didn't really know before. In terms of his relationship with Virginia Woolf, his wife until her suicide in 1941, he's often portrayed as a controlling, rather cold man; reading his letters to Trekkie Parsons seems to me to disprove that image. The letters are so very loving and passionate; it's hard to believe that he didn't behave toward Virginia in the same loving manner. Of course he had to be controlling a bit with Virginia! His monitoring of her mental state, her eating, her weight, and the like probably kept her alive longer than she might have lived had he not been her husband. I feel pity for Leonard, because in his marriage to Virginia he was deprived of physical passion, even of day-to-day affection and cuddles. I may be exaggerating, of course. As Leonard would say, "I could be wrong about this".
All in all it was well worth my time to read through this volume; I only wish there were more!
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Read information about the authorLeonard Sidney Woolf was a noted British political theorist, author, publisher (The Hogarth Press), and civil servant, but perhaps best-known as husband to author Virginia Woolf.
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