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Virginia Woolf and the Raverats by William Pryor editor Virginia Woolf and the Raverats
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by William Pryor editor
List Price: £16.99
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Published in the UK 18 March 2004
175 x 234 mm with 44 B&W; wood engravings, drawings, paintings & photos; 8 pages colour reproductions of paintings by Gwen and Jacques Raverat 234×175 mm
ISBN: 1-904555-02-0
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A portrait of the relationship between Virginia Woolf, Gwen Raverat and Jacques Raverat in letters, diary entries and other writings and illustrated with photos, paintings and Gwen Raverat's wood engravings. With much previously unpublished material, the book reveals an extraordinary relationship between one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and Gwen and Jacques Raverat. She is the granddaughter of Charles Darwin and he a French painter dying of MS. This poignant friendship is portrayed in their complete correspondence and other writings and illustrated by photos and the Raverats’ wood engravings, paintings and drawings.

This is a friendship whose later substance and passion was entirely expressed by letter. None of the Raverat letters, the extracts from Gwen Raverat’s other writings, her powerful sketches of her husband on his death bed, nor Jacques’paintings have been published before. There are facsimile reproductions of crucial letters, diary and journal entries.
William Pryor, the editor, is the grandson of Gwen and Jacques Raverat, and the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin. Jacques Raverat died of MS at the age of 40, twenty years before his grandson William was born. Editing the letters between his grandparents and Virginia Woolf has thus been a compelling discovery of a never met grandparent and of the bohemianism of Virginia Woolf’s Bloomsbury and his grandparents’ ‘Neo-Paganism’
WHAT THEY SAY
"The publication of these letters in one volume brings into focus an unusually compassionate aspect of Virginia Woolf. Jacques Raverat’s lucid, unsentimental letters to Woolf are dictated to his wife, the artist Gwen, as he is dying in France. Very moving, they are a compelling read.” (Henrietta Garnett, great niece of Virginia Woolf and author of Annie: A Life of Anne Thackeray Richie, Chatto & Windus, 2004

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It looks wonderful and I can see that I shall enjoy reading it. The illustrations are especially good. Warmest Congratulations!
Professor S D Keynes

Woolf & the Raverats arrived today in fine condition. We are very pleased with it and look forward to reading the lovely type on fine paper.
Jim Bishop

It's a fascinating and, of course, unique book.
Peter Kettle

The publication of these letters in one volume brings into focus an unusually compassionate aspect of Virginia Woolf. Jacques Raverat's lucid, unsentimental letters to Woolf are dictated to his wife, the artist Gwen, as he is dying in France. Very moving, they are a compelling read.
(Henrietta Garnett, great niece of Virginia Woolf and author of Family Skeletons)
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