Books: Inspired Breathlessness

THE COMMON READER, FIRST AND SECOND SERIES (627 pp.)—Virginia Woolf— Harcourt, Brace ($4).

THE MOMENT AND OTHER ESSAYS (240 pp.) — Virginia Woolf — Harcourt, Brace ($3).

"What is the meaning of life? That was all—a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years. The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark."

—To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf was always straining the fine muscles of her mind by grappling—politely, as a lady should—with such ultimate problems. She never solved them, of course; but she...

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