“A TAUT, REAL, STRENUOUS BOOK”
WOOLF, Virginia. The Years. London: Hogarth Press, 1937. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $5500.
First edition of the most ambitious and successful of Woolf’s later novels.
Woolf struggled for four years with this novel, hoping to incorporate into a fictional form deep and meaningful commentary on the politics of the English middle class. Her efforts to revise, rewrite, and edit what would become her longest work led her to compare The Years to “a long childbirth.” When The Years was finally published audiences responded eagerly, making her truly wealthy for the first time in her life. As is usual with Woolf’s books, the jacket design is by her sister, Vanessa Bell. Kirkpatrick A22. Bell, 440.
Interior fine; light rubbing to extremities of publisher’s cloth. Sunning to spine and light edge wear to extremities of extremely good dust jacket. An extremely good copy.