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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader$
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Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082679

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.001.0001

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Printing “Prelude”

Printing “Prelude”

Virginia Woolf’s Typesetting Apprenticeship and Katherine Mansfield on “Other People’s Presses”

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(p.212) Printing “Prelude”
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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader
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Leslie Kathleen Hankins

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.003.0026

In the first two decades of the twentieth century, the amateur little press and periodical scene was enthusiastic, seductive, and—for the most part—ephemeral. Into this vibrant scene entered Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, along with their partners, Leonard Woolf and John Middleton Murry. This chapter considers why these two couples, four writers, were drawn into letterpress printing at this point in time. It shows that private presses were urged into being not only by the pleasures of printing, but by the frets of censorship and the distaste for the tyranny of publishers and editors; Woolf and Mansfield wanted to write freely without the pressures of external editing. In other—a quite complicated—ways, the Woolfs' Hogarth Press was an impetus to the Mansfield/Murry Heron Press, as an example and as, in ways, a censor.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, typesetting, printing, Heron Press, Hogarth Press, amateur press, private press, censorship

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