[Vwoolf] An online copy of Memoirs of a Novelist?

Ellen Moody ellen.moody at gmail.com
Thu May 21 12:47:57 EDT 2020

After four students (these are all older people) declared $17 was too much
for postage, and someone said she didn't trust the site had the book (!),
plus in COVID times .... , who knows if it'll come, I sent to them my pdf
of Louise deSalvo and Susan Squier's edition of The Journal of Mistress
Joan Martyn, published in Twentieth Century Literature, and asked them
instead to purchase The Complete Shorter Fiction of VW.  It is in print the
first 83 plus pages is a reprint of the Memoirs of a Novelist.

I wrote this to the class as part of telling them why we are now going to
do this other book (more variety of course, a good introduction, less
tendentious I suppose):

"Now what is the story behind this apparition of a book (I'll call it):
several of the stories are about a woman biographer trying to tell the
story of the life of a woman before the 20th century. What she finds is she
can find nothing out for real.  Everything said is pious generalities; she
never did anything, was a pious wife and mother; or the memoir she wrote
has been lost or destroyed. There is one memoir that is found and that's
the one I send - it's about a woman who had an arranged marriage and died
young in childbirth.  I wanted to cover the topic of biography and how and
why much of women's literature until the mid19th century doesn't exist any

To me it is supremely ironic that the text which narrates as stories why we
can find out so little that's real about women before the 20th century is
itself enormously hard to get. An apparition."

I looked in my George Mason database and couldn't find it in the online
texts by Woolf either.

Ellen Moody

On Thu, May 21, 2020 at 12:23 PM Neverow, Vara S. <neverowv1 at southernct.edu>

> Heart-breaking that Adelaide expunged the collection. Why?? WHY???
> Vara
> Vara Neverow
> Department of English
> Southern Connecticut State University
> New Haven, CT 06515
> 203-392-6717
> neverowv1 at southernct.edu
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> *From:* Vwoolf <vwoolf-bounces at lists.osu.edu> on behalf of Ellen Moody
> via Vwoolf <vwoolf at lists.osu.edu>
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> *Subject:* [Vwoolf] An online copy of Memoirs of a Novelist?
> Dear fellow Woolfians (is that the phrase), I'm teaching one of Woolf's
> texts this summer:  Memoirs of a Novelist.   While it is available in a
> Hesperus press edition, from a couple of sites, I can't find a good on-line
> text. The loss of the University of Adelaide site hits very hard on on-line
> Woolf texts.
> Does anyone know of a good on-line copy of this book?
> I also cc a small list on groups.io
> <https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fgroups.io%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cneverowv1%40southernct.edu%7Ca5e151c6682b430aa4c808d7fd978956%7C58736863d60e40ce95c60723c7eaaf67%7C0%7C0%7C637256699590648673&sdata=SZTm0kTJqREaQzl5RkPfcPYreTbfYkaXtqelcZNPaf4%3D&reserved=0>
> I moderate/own.
> Ellen Moody
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