Item description for Virginia Woolf & The Raverats: A Different Sort of Friendship by William Pryor...
Jacques Raverat was a French painter who died of MS aged 40 in 1925. In 1911, he had married Gwen Darwin, granddaughter of the evolutionist and also an artist. They knew Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury well and when they moved to the south of France for his health, their friendship blossomed in a series of long and poignant letters.
The crucial bond was that between Jacques and Virginia. Their correspondence ranged far and wide. Informed by the depressions and uncertainties, the speculation and passion of their bohemian lives, these letters display a complex affinity between three artists facing their own mortality, their weaknesses and the price of their creativity. It is a friendship whose later substance and passion was entirely expressed by letter.
Virginia Woolf & the Raverats is not only a complete record of their correspondence, but includes much previously unpublished material. None of the Raverat letters, the extracts from Gwen Raverat's other writings, her powerful sketches of her husband on his deathbed, nor Jacques' paintings have been published before. There are facsimile reproductions of crucial letters, diary and journal entries.
Attributes of the Special Limited Edition: Designed by Humphrey Stone, using Dante type; Edited by William Pryor, grandson of the Raverats; 44 black and white illustrations: drawings, wood engravings, photographs and facsimile letters; Rounded and backed, marker ribbon, head & tail bands with Damascus green Colorplan endpapers; Quarterbound in cloth with Compton Marbling paper sides, title blocked in gold on spine; Cloth top and tail slipcase with Ingres laid paper wrap; Each slipcase contains a separate numbered Gwen Raverat wood engraving, Vence, La Place en t, which she made at the height of this correspondence in 1923, hand-printed by Simon Lawrence of the Fleece Press, from the original boxwood block
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.8" Width: 7.3" Height: 1.5" Weight: 2.16 lbs.
Release Date Nov 3, 2004
Publisher Clear Books
ISBN 1904555012 ISBN13 9781904555018
Availability 0 units.
More About William Pryor
WILLIAM PRYOR has been a serial entrepreneur, co-founding Airlift Book Company, founding The Green Catalogue and pioneering music distribution on the Internet. He grew up in Cambridge very aware of being a member of the Darwin family. He is the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin and the grandson of Gwen Raverat.
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Especially recommended to students and admirers Oct 10, 2004
Writer and critic Virginia Woolf was a close and personal friend of the painter Jacques Raverat and his wife Gwen. Jacques died from multiple sclerosis at the age of 40. In Virginia Woolf & The Raverats: A Different Sort Of Friendship, William Pryor has collected correspondences between Virginia, Jacque and Gwen. These letters embodied gossip, thoughts on the nature of friendship, religion, the endurance of pain, Jacques' anti-Semitism, Virginia's Sapphism, the differences between painting and writing, and other elements of their bohemian life styles. Of special note are the illustrations which include some of Jacques paintings. Unique, informative, compelling reading, Virginia Woolf & The Raverats is especially recommended to students and admirers of Virginia Woolf's literary writings, and offers a very special set of "windows in time" through which we can perceive glimpses of greatness amid the ordinary concerns of specially gifted (and troubled) friends.