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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World$
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Pamela L. Caughie and Diana L. Swanson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780990895800

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.001.0001

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The 1914 “Expurgated Chunk”: The Great War in and out of The Years

The 1914 “Expurgated Chunk”: The Great War in and out of The Years

(p.55) The 1914 “Expurgated Chunk”: The Great War in and out of The Years
Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

Eleanor McNees

Liverpool University Press

Set in 1914, the first of two “expurgated chunks” from The Years originally served to bridge the pre-war 1914 section and the 1917 section. This section, omitted late in the galley proof stage in 1936, provides a range of responses to the war from diverse class perspectives. This essay reads the omitted 1914 section, both in its more expansive holograph form and in the considerably amended galley proof stage, as Woolf’s attempt to give, as do war memoirist D. Bridgeman Metchim and historian R.H. Gretton, a lived, authentic experience of the war outside of both newspapers and trenches.

Keywords:   Expurgated chunks, Virginia Woolf, The Years, D. Bridgeman Metchim, R.H. Gretton, 1914, War

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