Known as one of the foremost modernist novelists of thetwentieth century, Virginia Woolf also wrote several shorter works. In “ASociety,” one of her earlier short stories, a young woman receives asubstantial inheritance from her father, on the condition that she reads all ofthe books in London Library. Distressed by the unsatisfactory quality of theliterature itself, she shares her woes with a group of female friends. Thewomen decide that they all must seek out knowledge for themselves, visitingsome of England’s most iconic landmarks. A commentary on war, art, and thesocietal roles of men and women, “A Society” offers a brief but penetratingglimpse into Woolf’s literary genius.
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