Because there are few women who occupied the position Virginia Woolf assumed in her lifetime. She says here somewhere that she can't bear what, in her own day, was written about Bloomsbury, and indeed thought, at one moment, to do her own guide to it. But she cannot be blamed if she was singled out as she was. Not so much the brilliance of her husband and friends, as her own genius, isolated her in a limelight all her own. It is to her credit that she seems to despise this. Nevertheless we can, in this volume, watch her fame rise, and then, in her own estimation, wane. She takes a pleasure in both, as is perhaps natural in the self-comforting of a diary. For it appears she can never get away from herself. But then who can?
From: Henry Green, A Writer's Diary (Review published in The London Magazine, 1954).
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