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Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries$
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Julie Vandivere and Megan Hicks

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954088

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781942954088.001.0001

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Virginia Woolf and the Book Society Limited

Virginia Woolf and the Book Society Limited

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Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries

Nicola Wilson

Liverpool University Press

Woolf foresaw the appeal of what would shortly become the Book Society Ltd., a mail-order book club modeled on the American Book-of-the-Month Club. Woolf worked with the Book Society and came into contact with its large, worldwide membership as both publisher and author, a perhaps unlikely relationship facilitated by her friendship with Hugh Walpole (Book Society chairman). Drawing on business correspondence in the archive of the Hogarth Press, this chapter examines the extent to which the Woolfs were willing to negotiate with the Book Society throughout the 1930s and how much impact the Book Society’s demands could have on the production schedules, prices, and occasionally upon the material production of Hogarth Press texts.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Book Society, Hugh Walpole, Hogarth Press

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