The London Scene

The London Scene is a collection of essays by the English writer Virginia Woolf. The essays are an exploration of early 1930s London.

The original five essays that make up The London Scene (”The Docks of London”, ”Oxford Street Tide”, ”Great Men's Houses”, ”Abbeys and Cathedrals” and ”This Is the House of Commons”) were originally published by Good Housekeeping magazine in 1931 and 1932, and published collectively by the Hogarth Press as The London Scene in 1975. A sixth essay, ”Portrait of a Londoner,” was rediscovered in 2004, and printed in The Guardian newspaper It was subsequently included in reissues of The London Scene.

Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an English author, essayist, publisher, and writer of short stories, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.

During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group.

Her most famous works include the novels Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, ”A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
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