The annotated, authorized edition of the renowned author’s last novel with commentary by literary critic and Virginia Woolf specialist Melba Cuddy-Keane.
Between the Acts takes place on one summer’s day at a country house in the heart of England, where the villagers are presenting their annual pageant as World War II looms.
In the garden of Pointz Hall, the Oliver family’s country seat, everyone from the village has gathered to present the traditional pageant—scenes from the history of England starting with the Middle Ages. As the story of England unfolds, the lives of the villagers also take shape. The past blends with the present and art blends with life in a narrative full of invention and lyricism.
Through her character’s passionate musings and private dramas, and through the enigmatic figure of the pageant author, Miss La Trobe, Virginia Woolf’s final novel both celebrates and satirizes Englishness. Even so, the coming of war hangs over the whole community, heralding a new act.
This authorized edition from the Virginia Woolf library features:
- Biographical Preface
- Introduction to the text
- Extensive notes
- Suggestions for further reading
This annotated edition is the perfect companion to more fully understand Between the Acts, its importance in twentieth century literature, and Virginia Woolf's world.
About the Author
VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels, including Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse, and Orlando.