Virginia Woolf. A Writer's
London: Hogarth Press,
1953. Presented by Frances Hooper '14.
to the final pages of Virginia Woolf's A Writer's Diary, Sylvia
Plath admired Woolf's synthesis of writing, rejection, and domesticity.
She quickly flashed back to her reading of Mrs. Dalloway during
her junior year of high school with Wilbury Crockett and To the
Lighthouse in her sophomore year at Smith College in Elizabeth Drew's
course on twentieth-century literature. Plath had been thinking
of writing a novel for a year. In her diary, Plath recounts her
purchase of "a battery" of Woolf's novels at the Cambridge
bookstore, Bowes and Bowes. The "battery"probably comprised
eight Uniform Hogarth Press editions of Woolf, now housed in the
Mortimer Rare Book Room. Plath wrote "Hughes Cambridge 1957"bon
the inside cover of several of her Woolf volumes and annotated all
but A Room of One's Own, The Voyage Out, and Between the Acts.