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Contradictory Woolf$
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Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780983533955

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.001.0001

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“Please Help Me!” Virginia Woolf, Viola Tree, and the Hogarth Press1

“Please Help Me!” Virginia Woolf, Viola Tree, and the Hogarth Press1

(p.173) “Please Help Me!” Virginia Woolf, Viola Tree, and the Hogarth Press1
Contradictory Woolf

Diane F. Gillespie

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores Virginia Woolf's contradictory approach to social behavior by bringing Three Guineas in dialogue with Viola Tree's Can I Help You?, published by Hogarth Press in 1937. Can I Help You? offers a parallel context for Woolf's challenges to conventional values and rules of etiquette, one that also affirms manners as an evolving art form helpful, at best, in fostering harmonious human relationships in lives well lived. Although Woolf's writing has a much broader intellectual scope, Tree's “personal, humorous touch” manages to undermine “hierarchical rituals.” The rest of this chapter discusses Woolf's take on vulgarity and Tree's response to two potential criticisms: that she is a snob and that she is no authority on manners.

Keywords:   social behavior, Three Guineas, Viola Tree, Can I Help You?, Hogarth Press, etiquette, manners, vulgarity, snob

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